As journalism in the UK comes under intense criticism due to the alleged hacking of Milly Dowler’s mobile phone by the News of the World, one American online paper has launched its UK edition.
The Huffington Post, which was bought by AOL last February for $315 million, has launched a UK edition of the online newspaper and has begun life with a bang. It’s opening splash featured a large picture of under-pressure chief executive of News International and former editor of the News of the World, Rebecca Brooks, with the headline: “The Buck Stops Here.” This soon changed to the headline “Sad and Sickened” relating to the breaking news that families of the 7/7 bombings in London had also been targeted.
The UK edition of the online publication is based on the same model as its US counterpart, with a mix of original reporting, aggregation, blogging and “social engagement.” The site is edited by Carla Buzasi, editor-in-chief of AOL Europe, and will have 10 full time editorial staff. These will be complemented by hundred of contributors from across the UK. Among the heavy-weight contributors to the site on its first day are Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, Ricky Gervais and Sarah Brown.
In a statement on the site this morning, Arianna Huffington said: “Britain has always held a very special place in my heart, having gone to college and started my career here. We are arriving here in the midst of a rich and thriving media culture marked by great innovation.”
“The Guardian's decision to further its commitment to 'open journalism' is particularly exciting, as is the masterful use of storytelling to shine a light on important issues, as demonstrated by The Independent's recent piece on the UK's 'threatened, isolated, under siege' modern working class. We look forward to spotlighting and linking to such great stories, driving traffic to them, and fuelling conversations around the issues they raise."
Source: Huffington Post UK