By The Drum Team, Editorial

July 6, 2011 | 2 min read

News and opinion website, The Huffington Post launches in the UK today, offering news reports, blogs, a commentary forum and social engagement, with the likes of Tony Blair, Jeremy Hunt and Ricky Gervais set to contribute.

The launch date of the UK site was revealed by the Drum two weeks ago, and will be edited by Carla Buzasi, editor-in-chief of AOL Europe who will head up a team of 10 editors and writers, alongside support from the AOL editorial team working in the UK, and the US team of The Huffington Post.

The team includes political editor Chris Wimpress, a former political correspondent for BBC Radio 4; news editor Jacqui Head, formerly an online journalist at Al-Jazeera, and entertainment editor Caroline Frost, previously an Arts Producer for BBC News. Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, chief executive officer of E.L. Rothschild and board member of Estee Lauder and The Economist Group, is the site’s editor-at-large.

See what those who attended the launch event thought here:

Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group, said: “We are arriving here in the midst of a rich and thriving media culture marked by great innovation. We look forward to adding HuffPost UK to the mix, and to our real-time ‘digital water cooler’ -- which embraces the best of the new (immediacy, transparency, interactivity) and the best of the old (fact-checking, accuracy, fairness, and an emphasis on storytelling) -- becoming the spark for many interesting conversations.”

It is expected that the website will begin with 300 unpaid bloggers in the UK and will have rolled out 12 variants internationally by the end of 2011.


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