The Huffington Post is bent on world domination I am sure. Earlier this year, founder and Editor-in-Chief, Arianna Huffington began to conquer the world by rolling out versions of the Huffington Post around Europe. Now it’s video time, the news site has launched its own video streaming network.
The new network hopes to use HuffPo’s community and social platform to encourage conversation from community members around the world, who can to join in live via webcam.
“We have reached a moment where – thanks to technology – millions of people have a seat at the table and can join what has become a global conversation,” says Huffington. “The news is no longer about a few people telling everyone else what happened – it’s about everyone telling everyone what’s happening right now. And now. And now… This shift from presentation to participation is what fuels HuffPost Live.”
The network will consist of eight hours of live programming out of New York and four hours out of Los Angeles on weekdays, with highlights on the weekends. The network will launch with 10 hosts cherry picked by HuffPost live creators, but will regularly feature HuffPo reporters, editors and bloggers.
HuffPost Founding Editor Roy Sekoff, will serve as President of HuffPost Live.
“This is not just a video network. It’s really a platform for engagement,” Sekoff said. “From the beginning, one of our goals has been to try and create the most social video experience possible. And that means putting the HuffPost community front and center in everything we do, including having them join us live on the air. The idea is to provide a platform to people whose voices aren’t normally heard in the traditional media.”
HuffPost Live will allow users freedom to move around the platform and to browse for upcoming segments in the “Green Room”. Users will also be able to submit short videos, motivating to join the conversation. “Producers will also feed relevant links into a ‘Resource Well’ below each video segment, so that viewers can prepare for the conversation and then follow along in real time,” says HuffPo.