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HuffPost Live Shutters LA Studio, Lays Off Staff

The Huffington Post’s HuffPost Live online video network, is betting big on international growth, part of an effort to become a global video news channel, rather than a U.S. one.

As part of that strategy shift, it has decided to shutter its Los Angeles office and studio, with around 20 staff being laid off or given an opportunity to quickly move to its New York City headquarters. HuffPost Live has around 100 full-time staffers. The news was first reported by VideoInk’s Sahil Patel, with The Verge’s Ben Popper adding more details.

Update: We have a statement from Roy Sekoff, the president of HuffPost Live:

“This isn’t about layoffs; it’s about reallocating resources,” Sekoff says. “We’ve offered more than two-thirds of our full-time production team in L.A. the same, or better, positions in New York.”

HuffPost Live has lost a number of hosts in recent months, mostly to the world of TV news. Alicia Menendez joined Fusion, Abby Hunstman joined MSNBC, and Jacob Soboroff joined Pivot. While it has been transformative in terms of the content it presents, its live viewership has remained low, instead relying heavily on after-the-fact tune-in.

It is also another example of an ambitious, web-first competitor to traditional TV news facing serious growing pains. HuffPost Live is available on cable via a daily programming block on AXS TV, but it has mostly avoided the traditional TV model. Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze, by comparison, has been trying to gain distribution as a traditional cable channel.

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HuffPost Live Joins The Cable News Ranks

HuffPost Live–The Huffington Post’s web-TV outfit–is coming to cable TV.

AXS TV, the cable channel owned by Mark Cuban, AEG, CAA and Ryan Seacrest, will now simulcast HuffPost Live programming from 10 AM-4 PM. HuffPost Live has been seeking cable distribution for months (as we have noted), though the deal with AXS will not result in lucrative carriage fees that makes cable such an appealing place for programmers, according to the NY TimesBrian Stelter.

In an interview, Roy Sekoff, the president and co-creator of HuffPost Live, did not rule out full-blown cable distribution in the future. He said AXS provided “a way to get on now,” emphasizing “now.”

The telecast will start on May 13. It will be shown weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time (the first half of HuffPost Live’s daily output), replacing the random assortment of repeats that AXS currently schedules during the day. Mr. Sekoff said The Huffington Post was not paying for the distribution, and AXS is not paying for the programming; the arrangement is mutually beneficial, he suggested, something that Mr. Cuban affirmed in a separate interview.

The deal also unites The Huffington Post with Dan Rather, the former “CBS Evening News” anchor who now hosts “Dan Rather Reports” on the channel.

The Hottest TV News ‘Cubes’ Of 2012

Our colleagues at mediabistroTV have had a great year talking to big media personalities and exploring the coolest offices in the business.

For our series “Cubes,” we go behind the scenes at media companies of all stripes. In the world of television, “ABC World News” anchor David Muir showed us around ABC News, while former “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Erica Hill (who is now at NBC’s “Today”) took us around the CBS Broadcast Center. NBC, the ball is in your court.

Cubes: Tour of ABC News Headquarters

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Cubes: VIP Tour of AOL and The Huffington Post

Combine tasty treats, sleek design, and the now famous ‘Sitting Cameramen of Astor Place’ and you get the latest episode of “Cubes.”

In this episode of Cubes, the MediabistroTV crew is invited into the New York Headquarters of AOL and The Huffington Post. Hosted by the founding editor of The Huffington Post and president of HuffPost Live, Roy Sekoff, the crew visits the cavernous Huffington Post newsroom where hundreds of writers sit keyboard to keyboard under the watchful gaze of Arianna Huffington herself who plays the always gracious hostess by offering up some tasty Greek Christmas cookies. After burning through the sugar high, the guys mingle with the ghosts of journalism past in the HuffPost Live newsroom where live news is served up eight hours a day by tables of writers, producers and editors who always know what time it is in Funkytown.

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Huffington Post to Launch Video News Network: ‘We Want to Capture that Beautiful, Controlled Chaos’

We’ve reported on the Huffington Post’s plans to start an online video news network, and on Thursday the site held a launch event for the HuffPost Streaming Network. Founding editor Roy Sekoff talked to Social Times detailing the plans for 12 hours a day, five days a week of live coverage. “There’s something about doing it live that gives you a sizzle that you don’t get from taping a show,” Sekoff said. As for the content itself:

The segments will be planned and produced, but will not be confined to particular time slots, and there will be a cache of videos for viewers to watch any time if they miss the live stream. To make the experience more like the Internet, the network will allow viewers to browse between music videos and breaking news as they please, and will also transcribe the programs in real time to make them searchable by keyword.  (Closed captioning will depend on which devices the content is viewed.) Read more

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  • FBN reporter Sandra Smith talks to Self magazine about her diet. How does the breakfast enthusiast start her day? “I love granola,” Smith says. “I always keep several different kinds on hand.”
  • MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan shares his favorite books with The Week. Among his picks: How by Dov Seidman, Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, and Richard Branson‘s autobiography, Losing My Virginity.
  • CNN’s John King discusses the future of the television business with The Spinnaker, the student-run blog at the University of North Florida. “There’s so many ways to get the news when you want it, how you want it, in the form that you want it, that the whole appointment television model is in trouble right now,” King says.