After two years in the Australian market, the partnership between HuffPost Australia and Fairfax Media has come to an end.
HuffPost will operate as an independent business from December 1 with reduced staff numbers. The Sydney-based news publisher currently operates with a team of 31.
Some redundancies are to be expected if staff cannot be redeployed.
A spokesperson for HuffPost Australia said: “Employees were briefed today on the decision of HuffPost and Fairfax to bring the Australian joint venture to an end. HuffPost will operate a standalone Australian edition from December 1 with a smaller local team. If redeployment is not possible, regrettably redundancies will occur.”
Fairfax took up a 49 per cent HuffPost in August 2015, with the remaining 51 per cent left the hands of American owner AOL.
The end of the joint venture was initiated by HuffPost, mirroring a similar move to end the partnership with The Times Of India earlier this year. Like India, the Australian bureau will continue with reduced staff numbers.