HuffPost Canada: Going Coastal

HuffPost Canada: Going Coastal

Huffington Post British Columbia launches today

TORONTO, Aug. 16, 2012 - AOL Canada and The Huffington Post Media Group announce today the launch of The Huffington Post British Columbia ("HuffPost B.C.") (www.huffingtonpost.ca/british-columbia), a powerful new platform within the Huffington Post Canada family that will deliver local stories and highlight the unique culture of B.C.

The site will deepen the conversations around the stories that matter most to those living in British Columbia, including politics, opinion, environment, affordable housing, lifestyle, and news. HuffPost B.C. will inform, inspire and connect readers to a platform that allows them to be involved in their online communitiesand the stories that move them.

"I'm delighted to welcome British Columbia to the HuffPost Canada family," said Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. "With this edition - along with HuffPost Alberta, which also launches today - we're doubling down on our commitment to being a hub of reporting, comprehensive curation, group blogging and engagement across all of Canada."

The Huffington Post Canada's first regional expansion, Le Huffington Post Québec launched in February 2012; regional expansion into the Western Provinces of Canada includes The Huffington Post Alberta ("HuffPost Alberta") also launching today. The Huffington Post reaches 3.4 million online Canadians and has grown 117%* since launch. Le Huffington Post Québec has seen a similar growth trajectory at 156% since launch. HuffPost B.C. will bring a more local flavour to the already 467,000 monthly unique visitors to Huffington Post sites that reside in B.C.

A Vancouver-based editorial team will be a key ingredient to the success of HuffPost B.C. The site will be managed by news editor Andree Lau, formerly of the CBC, and associate news editor Jesse Ferreras, formerly of Canada.com, reporting to Kenny Yum, managing editor of The Huffington Post Canada. The site will feature contributions from Huffington Post editors, bloggers, andinfluential British Columbians including author Robin Rowland, Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of Canada, radio broadcaster and filmmaker Tetsuro Shigematsu, and singer Sarah McLachlan.

Launch week will cover stories such as: the redrawing of federal ridings in B.C. in relation to the effects on the Opposition parties, an expose on liquefied natural gas, a Q&A with chief civilian director for police investigations Richard Rosenthal and a social campaign tagged #BetterBC.

"With close to 1 million people in Western Canada already visiting Huffington Post sites, expansion in this region was a logical choice," said Graham Moysey, GM AOL Canada. With its DNA of social engagement and quality, compelling content, HuffPost is a great site for both advertisers and consumers alike and we are very excited about the new possibilities for both HuffPost B.C. and Alberta."

The Huffington Post Canada has an ever-growing social following, boasting more than 50,000 Facebook fans, more than 36,000 Twitter followers and more than 14,000 comments per week. The Huffington Post British Columbia will have a dedicated Facebook page and Twitter account where visitors can connect with the site's content and conversations.

Source: comScore, Inc., Total Canada, Home & Work, June 2012. The Huffington Post data from [E] Huffington Post Global, *% growth in UVs vs. June 2011.

About AOL and The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post is a part of AOL Inc (NYSE: AOL) - AOL is a global media company with the missions to inform, entertain and connect with consumers, advertisers and publishers worldwide. The AOL brand encompasses a robust family of brands, products and digital advertising solutions focusing their efforts on creating original digital content across their suite of properties. We help brands connect with consumers online through innovative ad formats, custom digital advertising solutions, and premium content brands.

For further information:For all media inquiries please contact Kira LeBlanc (647) 291-1598 kira.leblanc@teamaol.com

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