Buzzfeed follows cuts of Huffpost United States Staff with reduction of UK staff

Following cuts of U.S. staff on Huffpost, parent company Buzzfeed is reducing staff in the UK as well.

Tess Atkinson, BuzzFeed’s chief of staff said “BuzzFeed has announced today that it’s begun a restructuring of HuffPost in order to break even this year and fast-track its path to profitability.”

“As part of these changes, we have begun a consultation process in the UK to propose focusing on local coverage of politics, entertainment and LIFE (HuffPost’s lifestyle vertical) with a smaller team, while exploring new commercial partnerships in the market,” she also wrote.

Per The Hill “Staff were notified Tuesday about the plans, Atkinson said in an interview, and are currently talking with the company about other potential jobs at the company. The number of eliminated jobs will be under 20, she added, but it will not have a final number until the end of next week.”

Earlier this week, Huffpost announced it was laying off 47 U.S. staff and closing the Canadian newsroom.

The HuffPost Union tweeted:

Today, we learned that 33 of our unit members — nearly 30% of our unit — are being laid off. Our union’s statement: “We are devastated and infuriated, particularly after an exhausting year of covering a pandemic and working from home.” (1/x)

(2/x) “This is also happening less than a month after HuffPost was acquired by BuzzFeed. We never got a fair shot to prove our worth.”

(3/x) “These layoffs reiterate the importance of forming a union and advocating for our colleagues. We are glad that we are protected by a collective bargaining agreement and that our colleagues will receive severance.”

(4/4) “Our union will continue fighting to make HuffPost a more just and equitable workplace, including pushing for clear and accountable commitments to hiring and promoting more people of color and for transparency around pay equity.”