Arianna Huffington on Western Canada expansion and Asian ambitions

Arianna Huffington. Photo by JD Lasica.

Ahead of the Huffington Post Canada's launch of British Columbia and Alberta editions last Thursday, Huffington Post Media Group president and Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington spoke with The Vancouver Observer about her ambitions for her expansion into Western Canada and beyond.

Huffington is a writer, syndicated columnist and former conservative commentator who became liberal in the late 1990s. Her ex-husband is Republican congressman Michael Huffington.

In 2011, America Online (AOL) Inc. acquired The Huffington Post for US $315 million and made Huffington president and editor in chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which includes the The Huffington Post and then-existing AOL properties such as Engadget, AOL Music, Patch Media, and StyleList.

Huffington was named as ninth in The Guardian's Top 10 women in media for 2011.

On plans for Asian expansion:
We are actively exploring possibilities in South Korea, Japan, Australia and India.

On whether the Huffington Post will be launching in other Canadian cities:
Right now we're going to focus on BC and Alberta. We have no other plans at the moment for right now all our focus is on these two new launches.

On whether HuffPo plans to make any media purchases:
We don't make purchases we start our own site. Internationally we are launching the HuffPo in France, Spain and Italy.

On whether the HuffPo has a political mission for Canada, as it did in the US:
The HuffPo has always been what we can beyond left and right. Not in Canada nor in the US do we have any political affiliations. We want to make sure readers have all the facts.

On what she likes about Vancouver:
It's so gorgeous.


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