Monday, June 06, 2011

Guido welcomes Huffington

Guido has put out something of a challenge to the Huffington Post—due to hit British shores imminently.
Far from being daunted Guido welcomes the competition convinced it will spur us to work harder to break more stories first. She’ll find us a bit tougher than her past rivals. And it won’t be just Guido, in politics she’ll be up against Ashcroft’s growing online political media empire; ConservativeHome, PoliticsHome (a fellow aggregator), ePolitix, Dods, BiteBack, and TotalPolitics. Aside from the billionaire’s stable the NewStatesman’s Staggers and the Spectator’s soon to be ramped-up CoffeeHouse will not cede ground without a fight. Iain Dale’s return with his The Daley posse[*] will give her a run for her money on political comment and he is her match when it comes to grabbing media attention. On the user generated commentary front she is up against the well-established Guardian’s Comment is Free and the newer rival right-of-centre The Commentator.

Of course, having sold the Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million, Arianna Huffington is quite rightly being sued by her writers who have never been paid—let alone seen any of AOL's largesse. For fuck's sake, even Guido pays his minions...

* Yawn.


RantinRab said...

Seems a bit of a wank fest to me, including Geedo Fox.

Andrew Zalotocky said...

Why "rightly" sued? Either the writers chose to sign a really bad contract or they gave away lots of work without any contract at all. They might be able to argue that Huffington has acted ruthlessly towards them but I don't see how that translates into any legal claim against her.