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Arianna Huffington Talks About New Managing Editor Singh!

While in Los Angeles today at the AlwaysOn OnHollywood conference, BoomTown ran smack into blogging empress Arianna Huffington.

She was there to give a speech called “Video Killed the Radio Star…But Can the Web Actually Save Journalism?”
Her answer was a decided yes, especially with great journalists working online, such as the new managing editor of the Huffington Post, whom the mega-blog has just hired.

That would be former CNET Networks Editor-in-Chief Jai Singh (pictured here), who quit the tech news and reviews company last year after a dozen-year run.

“The bottom line is the Huffington Post has figured out how new media should be…and that’s what attracted and appealed to me,” said Singh in an interview today.

While only on the job for a few days, he noted that he will be looking at more video on the site, as well as focusing on its new vertical strategy.

Singh is moving from San Francisco to New York, where the Huffington Post HQ is located. (Huffington herself is, ironically, located in L.A., doing her work out of her Brentwood abode.)

Singh has been a true online news pioneer, creating News.com for CNET in 1996. CNET is now owned by CBS (CBS).

Here’s my video interview with Huffington, talking about Singh’s appointment and the future of the news business:

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work