Major layoffs announced at the Huffington Post

Buzzfeed has announced deep cuts to the Huffington Post after acquiring the liberal publication from Verizon.

Hillary Frey, the site’s executive editor, and Louise Roug, the executive editor for international, will both be leaving.

The operations for HuffPost Canada will be shuttered later this month.

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.”