HuffPo expands global coverage with WorldPost

LONDON: HuffPost Live, The Huffington Post's live-streaming network, is expanding its global coverage with the launch of WorldPost, an editorial element.

LONDON: HuffPost Live, The Huffington Post's live-streaming network, is expanding its global coverage with the launch of WorldPost, an editorial element.

The AOL-owned news and blogging site has partnered with the think-tank The Berggruen Institute to launch the editorial offering, which will introduce a daily international, hour-long program to HuffPost Live.

The program will look at stories that have engaged readers around the world, taking views from reporters and editors from Huffington Post's international editions.

Nathan Gardels, the former editor of the Global Viewpoint Network of the Los Angeles Times Syndicate/Tribune Media by New Perspectives Quarterly, will edit the editorial element.

Peter Goodman's role as The Huffington Post's executive business editor will expand to include the global news editor of the WorldPost position as part of the launch.

The WorldPost will focus on global politics, entertainment, tech, sports, lifestyle, and trending stories.

New features will include “Global Gay Voices,” which looks at what it is like to be gay in different parts of the world; “The Third Metric around the World,” which will examine how people and companies from different parts of the globe define success; and “Eat the International Press,” a look at the intersection of media, politics, and culture.

Coverage will combine reporting from international correspondents, expert analysts, contributing editors, bloggers, and freelancers working in places such as China and the Middle East, which do not have a HuffPost edition.

Arianna Huffington, the president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, said it was a "perfect-storm moment for HuffPost's expansion into globally focused live programming" and the show will build on HuffPost Live's first-year success.

Nicolas Berggruen, founder and chairman of The Berggruen Institute, added that “rooted in a global perspective that crosses all boundaries, [WorldPost] will be connect-the-dots news and analysis covering everything from politics and culture to lifestyle and entertainment.”

HuffPost Live will also launch segments produced by editorial directors from HuffPost's international edition, aiming to eventually result in a standalone HuffPost Live international network.

The Huffington Post will also introduce an hour-long political show called “HuffPost Hill Live,” which will cover international politics from a Washington perspective, building on the “HuffPost Hill” newsletter with video content.

“During HuffPost Live's first year, we've had guests join us live from over 90 countries -- so going global and building on HuffPost's international growth and the launch of WorldPost is a natural next step,” said Roy Sekoff, president and co-creator of HuffPost Live.

This story originally appeared on the website of MediaWeek.

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