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May 21st 2012

HuffPost UK Names Political Director

Mehdi Hasan, Senior Editor (Politics) for Britian's award-winning weekly magazine New Statesman and a leading political commentator in the UK, is joining HuffPost UK as its first Political Director. Just last week, Mehdi was named second most influential British journalist on Twitter and was listed as the UK's No. 2 blogger in 2011 by Total Politics magazine's in its list of the top-50 media bloggers. Starting in July 2012, he will host the AlJazeera talk show series, The Café.

Before joining New Statesman in 2009, Mehdi served as editor for news and current affairs for UK public broadcaster Channel 4. He also worked on Sky's breakfast show "Sunrise," the BBC's "Politics Show" and ITV's "The Jonathan Dimbleby Programme." He has also written for The Guardian, The Times and The Independent newspapers as a guest columnist and co-authored "Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader."

Mehdi is a talented and passionate writer and will make a fantastic director for our political team. Politics drills down into the minutia of everyone's day-to-day lives and with so much happening at both a national and global level, it couldn't be a better time to expand our team and the breadth of reports, news and blogs we offer to our growing audience. He joins the team in July.

HuffPost UK has grown nearly 50% since its launch last July and recently reached 5 million global UVs, according to comScore.

May 10th 2012

Chevy Partners with AOL UK for First Online-Only Campaign

In an exclusive partnership with AOL UK, Chevrolet will kick off its first online-only campaign today across The Huffington Post UK and across goviral's network of premium publishers in the UK.

The campaign, for Chevrolet's extended-range vehicle the 2012 Volt, launches with three short films featuring TV and radio personality Jo Whiley interviewing designers Wayne Hemmingway, Ada Zanditon and design duo Jailmake. The films, commissioned by AOL, will be hosted on a just-launched dedicated brand channel called Innovation that's part of HuffPost Tech.

Display ads for the green car, which gives drivers the option to use electric power for short-distance driving or gas for longer distances, will be featured across AOL properties and take advantage of the Project Devil format as well as a series of homepage takeovers. In addition to the videos, content has been created including articles, blogs and infographics about innovation and greener technologies and sustainability.

Learn more about the campaign by visiting HuffPost Innovation.

Apr 30th 2012

Carla Buzasi and HuffPost UK Scoop British Media Award!

Carla Buzasi, Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post UK, has scooped the top individual award -- Media Innovator of the Year -- at the British Media Awards, recognizing innovation and excellence across the British media industry.


The judges deemed that Carla and The Huffington Post UK showcased a mixture of old-fashioned and modern editing, "incorporating original reporting and comments with a chorus of contributions from the audience in real-time." The Huffington Post UK was also highly commended in the 'Social Media and Marketing Innovation' and 'Digital Media Innovator of the Year' categories.


"I'm very proud that, just nine months after launch, HuffPost UK is being recognized in this way. The team works tirelessly to ensure we're creating the very best original reports, news stories and blogs, and it's great that the rest of the British media scene are sitting up and taking notice," Carla said.


Last November, The Huffington Post UK was honored by the Lovie Awards with a Gold Award in the news category.

Apr 27th 2012

HuffPost UK and LinkedIn Conduct Poll Around London Mayoral Elections


Ahead of the London mayoral elections next week, The Huffington Post UK teamed up with LinkedIn to conduct an opinion poll asking London based professionals to voice their opinions on the widely debated topic of supporting business in the capital. Out of almost 1,000 London voters, 35% felt that job creation was the most important factor in supporting London businesses.

The poll findings come as it's revealed that Britain is back in recession, with recent figures showing that London has the second highest unemployment rate of any British region. Those aged 18-29 were the most vocal on the subject of job creation, with this age group making up the majority of those keen for it to be the new Mayor's top priority and reflecting the high levels of youth unemployment blighting the capital.

The poll also revealed that improvements to transport links and entrepreneurial support were of equal importance to voters, with each receiving 19% of the votes respectively. A further 14% of voters felt that crime and security should be the next mayor's priority, whilst the remaining 12% believed infrastructure should be the focus of our next mayor's efforts.

Learn more about the poll click here.

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