Tuesday, April 05, 2011

UK edition of Huffington Post to launch in summer

Arianna Huffington is to launch a UK edition of the Huffington Post this summer, as the US news and current affairs website recently acquired by AOL moves to expand internationally. The multi-millionaire, who sold Huffington Post to AOL for $315m (£195m) in February, told the MediaGuardian Changing Media Summit on Thursday that the takeover meant she could accelerate plans to hire journalists and create a UK-specific site.

IMO: This paper has both good and bad aspects. Primarily the comments on news are reasonable. And for the features, one's heart warms at comments like "Imagine a country that declares its independence from Great Britain, forges democracy from diversity, enjoys robust economic growth, and emerges as a world power. You've just described the United States -- and modern India". The paper does have its weak points, like any other, and there have been many complaints about some (common) views on "alternative medicine" expressed therein, for example. But it is definitely a very useful addition to British journalism.

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