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Huffington Post Debuts In UK

AOL's flagship publication, the Huffington Post, launched its UK version today after its Canadian publication was rolled out in May.

The popular news and commentary website was launched in 2005 by Arianna Huffington and was acquired by AOL at the beginning of the year for a staggering $315 million, leaving Ms Huffington in control of HuffPo and adding other websites like Techcrunch and Engadget to its portfolio.

The left-leaning Huffington Post brings together traditional journalism, news aggregation, user generated content and contributions from well known public figures.

In the UK, Tony Blair, Jeremy Hunt and Ricky Gervais are expected to contribute to the website, with others like former Sun editor Kelvin Mackenzie, spin doctor Alastair Campbell and civil rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti also likely to join them.

A French edition of the Huffpo is also set to roll out across the Channel soon as Ms Huffington extends her media empire.

The integration of the website hasn't been without its own set of issues; 900 people were pink-slipped to make space for the Huffington Post and scores of unpaid HuffPo writers criticised Ms Huffington for raking in tens of millions without financially acknowledging their contribution.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.