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HuffPost Streaming Network: Game Changer? You Decide

Roy Sekoff, head of HuffPost Streaming Network

Today at the AOL Studios in New York, AOL and HuffPost execs assembled media pros for hors d’oeuvres – including, as one reporter put it, lobster bisque in a shot glass – a one-year anniversary celebration, and an unveiling of the HuffPost Streaming Network.

It was a year ago this week that AOL announced the purchase of Huffington Post. Where has the time gone?

For the HuffPost, time has gone to what seems like a launch every week. In the last year, it rolled out 44 new sections in addition to international expansion into France, Canada and the UK, with Quebec, Spain, and Italy editions forthcoming.

Overkill?

Let AOL CEO Tim Armstrong tell it, they just weren’t waiting for the wind to blow; instead, they were stepping out and taking chances.

Enter its streaming network. It’s headed by HuffPost founding editor, Roy Sekoff, who, regarding the network’s mix of live video, user engagement and off-the-fly programming, said passionately: “People don’t want to be told the news anymore.”

Arianna Huffington commented that the HuffPost Universe, it’s stories, reporters, and community will be the script for the network.

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The Onion Names General Manager

“The Onion Hires General Manager; Hopes to Have Him Generally Manage.” How’s that? Oh c’mon it’s not that bad. Anyway, fake headline aside, the real news is that  Mitch Semel has been hired by The Onion as their new General Manager. He’ll oversee all of its editorial content, including the newspaper and TV shows.

By all indications the hiring of Semel, who most recently was executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Network’s live morning talk show, is a sign that The Onion will keep expanding its TV programming. Semel has an extensive background in TV, having managed programming for Comedy Central, CNN, CBS, and NBC.