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Sruthijith KK quits as Huffington Post India editor

Huffington Post India’s editor Sruthijith KK  has quit the company. The move was first reported by Livemint.  While confirming the move to Medianama, Sruthijith said, ” It’s been a real privilege to set up and lead an amazing team of journalists at Huffpost India for nearly three years now. Now I’m off to pursue different challenges”. 

Sruthijith was part of the team that started Huffington Post’s India edition in December 2014, and was appointed as editor in the same year.

On his exit, a spokesperson from Times Bridge said, “We are able to confirm that Sruthijith has stepped down as editor-in-chief of HuffPost India after nearly three years in the role. As of today, Rituparna Chatterjee will be interim editor-in-chief. Sruthijith has been instrumental in taking HuffPost India to where it is today and we wish him the best in his future endeavours. We are proud to be able to call Sruthijith an alumnus of HuffPost India.”

Prior to Huffington Post, Sruthijith worked with Quartz India as its founding editor. Before that, he was with the Times of India group, working at the Economic Times. Prior to joining ET, he was with ContentSutra, before which, he was with Mint.

India is edition is 12th International edition for Huffington Post which already offers dedicated editions for Brazil, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Japan and Korea among others. Note that, the launch in 2014 was much delayed, as Huffington Post tried to set up Indian operations in 2012 and before that in 2011, but it did not work out. Huffington Post CEO Jimmy Maymann had mentioned that they will initially start with an English language edition and then offer news in other local languages as well. As of now, it offers news only in English in India. Globally, it offers news in languages such as German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Japanese and Korean among others.

The US-based Huffington Post run India edition in association with Times Bridge (earlier Times Global Partners), the Times Group’s international investments and partnerships division. In June, Times Bridge appointed Thane Richard as head of content strategy to help shape content strategy for Times Bridge’s media businesses and attract more media companies to the Indian market.

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Times Bridge’s existing portfolio of investments and partnerships include Airbnb, Coursera, Uber, Vice, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, PC Mag, Advertising Age, Goal, Tech Radar and TechSpot.  In November 2016, Twitter’s former India head Rishi Jaitly had joined Times Bridge as its CEO.

Corrigendum: an earlier version of this article referenced TechSpot as Techpost. The error is regretted. Our apologies.

Disclosure: In terms of content, there may be areas of overlap (and hence competition) between Huffington Post India and MediaNama.

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