US news site, Huffington Post, has announced its recent partnership with the Times Group along with plans to begin an Indian edition of the website.
The news website, which is set to launch later in the year, will combine the Huffington Post platform with the local knowledge and contacts from the Times Group.
The online publication will focus on subjects including politics, media, entertainment, technology, religion and lifestyle and will have an editorial team based in New Delhi.
The Huffington Post online blogging platform will also be open for use.
Satyan Gajwani, chief executive officer (CEO) of Times Internet Ltd, the digital arm of the Times Group said, “I’m delighted to launch HuffPost India, which will be our 12th edition since we began our international expansion three years ago,” Huffington said. India was a hub of global news, she said, adding: “I’m extremely grateful for the chance to bring HuffPost to India to tell the stories that matter most, and just as important, to help people throughout India tell their stories themselves, in words, in pictures and in video.”
Jimmy Maymann, The Huffington Post Media Group’s CEO, said India is a critical destination for any global media company: “With Indian household consumption predicted to continue to grow nearly 20% per year, this partnership gives us an ideal entry into what is expected to become the world’s fifth largest consumer market within the next 10 years.”