Jess Brammar is stepping down as editor-in-chief of Huffpost UK as the new owner, Buzzfeed, has announced cut-downs including closure of its newsdesk.
Some 17 out of 29 Huffpost UK’s journalists are at risk of redundancy under the planned restructure. Only the politics, entertainment and lifestyle sections would remain. Consultations with staff on the proposed cuts are set to close at the end of this month. One UK insider has described the process as “brutal”, Press Gazette reports.
“My role is going along with about half the team. I was offered a new reduced editor role, running a Huffpost UK without a newsdesk, as part of Buzzfeed’s plan to ‘fast track its path to profitability’. But news is at the heart of what Huffpost was for me. So I am bowing out”, Brammar tweeted.
She joined Huffpost UK in 2018 and has been editor-in-chief since February 2020.
The owner Buzzfeed recently announced that to get to grips with the economy it is closing the Huffpost edition in Canada and cutting down the staff at the US edition. Buzzfeed itself has closed its operations in the UK and Australia.