Christina Norman, the ousted CEO of OWN, has found a new home with the Huffington Post, and she’s already busy with overseeing the relaunch of two new women’s sites and the relaunch of Black Voices this week. Norman, whose official title has yet to be released (although “executive editor” has been floating around) , is also overseeing video for the company.
Arianna Huffington expect Norman to address her departure/firing from OWN in an op-ed to be published on the Huffington Post.
“It’s a great lesson for women, that when one door closes, another one opens,” Huffington told paidContent. “There is enormous pressure on high-profile women to succeed, to constantly prove themselves. I met Christina in Los Angeles when she was the head of OWN. After she left, I asked her if she wanted to do something completely different.”
Norman was fired due to low ratings over the first four months of OWN’s launch. Oprah Winfrey has since appointed herself to the role of CEO.
Prior to her one year stint at OWN, Norman worked at Viacom for 17 years, serving as President of MTV and was largely credited for helping VH1 become one of the top entertainment channels on television.
HuffPo has apparently opted to drop its original plans to launch “Global Black” when it merged with AOL, opting to absorb AOL’s Black Voices website dedicated to Black news. There have been a lot of names floated around in terms of editorial staff at Black Voices, indicating that HuffPo is investing a lot of money on the niche site.