The US blog-led news site The Huffington Post launched its UK edition today.
It launched a Canadian version in May, but the UK edition will be the first one outside North America.
The Huffington Post was set up by Arianna Huffington in 2005 and bought by AOL earlier this year for $315m (£222m).
Since the acquisition took place complaints have been made by disgruntled unpaid bloggers on The Huffington Post who argue that some of the cash from the AOL deal should trickle down as fair compensation to those who have volunteered writing during the site’s enormous growth period.
In April, The Huffington Post was hit with a class action lawsuit by a group of bloggers who claim the massively popular site mistreats those who enrich it with content. Noted freelance journalist Jonathan Tasini is leading the proposed class action filed in New York’s federal court.
Journalist Kat Brown debates the value of writing for free in her blog on Huffington Post UK : http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/kat-brown/writing-for-free-yeah-and_b_889706.html
*Arianna Huffington remains the president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group.