News Host Cherno Jobatey to Head HuffPost Germany

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HuffPost Deutschland Exec Team

The German version of Arianna Huffington's online news site launched Wednesday.

Cherno Jobatey, a popular morning news host in Germany, has been named the editorial director of Huffington Post Deutschland, the local-language version of Arianna Huffington's online news site, which launched Thursday for Europe's German-speaking markets.

Jobatey was the host of ZDF Morgenmagazin, a popular daytime news show on Germany's number two public broadcaster, for some 20 years. He stepped down earlier this year, though he has continued to report for the show.

At HuffPost Deutschland, Jobatey will oversee an editorial team of 15 Munich-based journalists.

HuffPost's German launch is the latest in a European roll out that has seen the site bow local versions in France, Italy, Spain and the U.K..

In Germany, the site will operate in collaboration with Tomorrow Focus, an Internet group controlled by local publishing giant Hubert Burda Media.