A moment of “limbo” ended this morning at the far-flung Huffington Post, when Arianna Huffington told staffers in an e-mail that she had signed a new four-year contract to retain her various titles: chair, president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post. In news first reported by CNN’s Brian Stelter, Huffington’s message comes after some uncertainty over her continuing role at the online news outlet, whose owner, AOL, is being bought out by Verizon. As the New York Times reported, Huffington had concerns that her plans for the Huffington Post — essentially expanding original reporting, mobile/video and global reach — could be executed under Verizon.
To read her memo from this morning, those concerns have been resolved: “After all my meetings and conversations with [AOL CEO] Tim [Armstrong] and the Verizon leadership, I am convinced that we will have both the editorial independence and the additional resources that will allow HuffPost to lead the global media platform shift to mobile and video,” she wrote.
An all-staff meeting is scheduled for next Thursday.
While the news ensures some management stability at the top, it could also extend the occasional newsroom concerns about Huffington’s many roles in the organization — particularly the degree to which she wades into pending editorial projects. And it also ensures continued focus on work-life balance, an area to which she alluded in a recent memo: “In lifestyle, we are already the thought leader in health and wellness, helping people live the lives they want, not just the lives they settle for.”
I’m excited to let you know that I have just signed another 4-year contract to remain Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post. After all my meetings and conversations with Tim and the Verizon leadership, I am convinced that we will have both the editorial independence and the additional resources that will allow HuffPost to lead the global media platform shift to mobile and video. HuffPost is now the #1 global multi-platform news organization with over 200 million UVs – but in some ways, we’re just getting started!
Today, I can say that we are in a stronger position than we’ve ever been in, with the wind at our backs. With input from our newsroom and our tech and business leaders, we have a detailed plan to execute our vision and build on our core mission of informing, inspiring, entertaining and empowering audiences around the world. That means continuing our global expansion, investing dramatically in video production and distribution, and scaling our investment in technology and in our open platform. It means building out our world-class global newsroom as we end our relationship with AP, doubling down on our “What’s Working” coverage, and seeking out smart acquisitions and strategic investments that will bring in top talent and cutting-edge technologies to help accelerate our goals.
We would not be at this point if it weren’t for all your talent, hard work and commitment. Thank you for all you’ve done and all you’re doing, and I can’t wait to see what we will do together in this exciting new chapter.
And let’s all gather for an all-hands next Thursday, June 25th, at 11 am ET in Roebling to discuss our plans and answer all your questions. HuffPosters in our offices around the world will be able to join via webcast.