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Huffington Post to launch India edition in May, negotiations underway for partner

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Starting with English language, India online edition would later offer news in other local languages. Starting with English language, India online edition would later offer news in other local languages.
SummaryWithout disclosing name of prospective partners, Huff Post CEO says there are couple of options.

on conversations with big newsmakers, including Prime Ministers, Political leaders, Nobel prize winners from across the world, while video live-streaming would be a different section there.

Sekoff said that Huffington Post was interested in doing both long-form news and the shorter ones such as 10,000-word pieces to 140-character news and videos with length of 15 seconds to even 12 hours.

"There is demand for both formats and we want to do both to cater to the demand of the consumer," he said.

Asked whether Huffington Post would always be online, CEO Jimmy Maymann said it was difficult to think why it would ever want to get into print media as it always wanted to be online and that was its basic idea.

On whether it would always remain free, he said eventually there might be some products that it might charge for, but there were no such plans as of now, because the focus was more on building a global business to get a global scale.

"I cannot see that in the next three years or so we will build a product that is so sophisticated that audience would like to pay for.

"Our model is working very well right now and we are very happy with this model and probably we can even make more money by putting more people on our platform. So, right now we do not have any plans to charge for news. Probably the entire industry would also need an entirely new model to start charging for news," Maymann said.

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