Huffington Post launches live streaming channel Monday morning

jacob-soboroff-huffpost.jpgHuffPost Live will begin with eight hours of live web programming out of New York and four hours out of Los Angeles each weekday. The rest of the time the channel will show highlights. It begins with ten hosts, including the former LA Observed video contributor Jacob Soboroff (left) in the Beverly Hills studio. HuffPost editors and bloggers will make appearances, and the site is soliciting contributions from readers.

From the HuffPost story:

HuffPost Live aims to leverage The Huffington Post's community and social platform to open the conversation to community members around the world, who will be able to join in live via webcam....

"We have reached a moment where - thanks to technology - millions of people have a seat at the table and can join what has become a global conversation," Huffington Post Media Group President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington said in an announcement. "The news is no longer about a few people telling everyone else what happened - it's about everyone telling everyone what's happening right now. And now. And now... This shift from presentation to participation is what fuels HuffPost Live."

The network was co-created by HuffPost Founding Editor Roy Sekoff, who will serve as President of HuffPost Live, and Executive Editor Gabriel Lewis. Executive Editor Mitch Semel rounds out the senior creative team.

"This is not just a video network. It's really a platform for engagement," Sekoff said. "From the beginning, one of our goals has been to try and create the most social video experience possible. And that means putting the HuffPost community front and center in everything we do, including having them join us live on the air. The idea is to provide a platform to people whose voices aren't normally heard in the traditional media."

The hosts also include political commentator Abby Huntsman and actress Janet Varney. The site is scheduled to go live Monday morning at 7 a.m. Pacific time.

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