Staff left rattled as HuffPost ‘retreats to US’

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 30 November 2017

HuffPost is scaling back its operations to a skeleton team as part of its broader global strategy that sees the publisher “retreat to the US”, AdNews understands.

In the wake of the divorce from Fairfax, staff have been left rattled as their future with HuffPost is left uncertain with many speculating the operation would close completely.

AdNews understands it will remain in Australia with a presence of two or three local staff. The rest of the staff of about 25 people will be redeployed within Fairfax or made redundant.

The company is set to meet with individual staff today to discuss the future of the business and redundancy packages.

A source tells AdNews that HuffPost is shifting its focus back to the US not because the Australian team hasn’t delivered, but because the move aligns with the publisher’s global strategy.

A similar move was made by HuffPost in October, ending the joint venture with the Times of India. HuffPost India is still publishing, but with a reduced staff and its future is unclear.

Many employees took to Twitter to share their “last article” at HuffPost as well as make themselves available for new positions.

HuffPost sport and environment editor Anthony Sharwood said revelations that HuffPost was now "defunct" was “sudden and surprising”.   

Editor Chris Paine said on Twitter he was “very, very sad” about the news, adding that the term ‘redundant is a misnomer for everyone at HuffPost’.

HuffPost's Paine declined to speak to AdNews but check out the tweets below.

A handful of other staff also took to Twitter to share their thoughts:

Others in the media, such as News Corp’s Jamila Rizvi, took to Twitter to share their condolences to the HuffPost team:

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