Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is taking a step back from her role of directing all content across tech/media company AOL, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Huffington became Editor-In-Chief of all AOL media properties in February 2011 after her Huffington Post news site was purchased by AOL for $315 million. Since then many leaders at AOL’s other publications have had trouble working under her, often leading to talent departures. Engadget, TechCrunch, and Joystiq are among the publications with the heaviest talent losses.

“What I asked for is for us to be more independent, to have technology, marketing and [business development] now into Huffington Post, so that we can accelerate all our growth, and for me to be freed up to just concentrate exclusively on HuffPost,” Huffington said during a startup event Thursday.

While Huffington frames the changes to her authority to something she asked for, some have speculated that it was part of an overlying riff developing between herself and AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong — something she denies.

Huffington’s new role is said to focus her efforts on growing the HuffPost’s international expansion as well as furthering the publication’s push to transform into an Internet TV network.

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