HuffPo UK launches celebrity and culture sections

Huffington Post UK has launched new culture and celebrity sections six months after the website went live.

The celebrity section is edited by Matt Bagwell, a former editor of Eleven, online editor at Smash Hits and Mykindaplace, and entertainment editor at Capital FM.

It is described as a 'one-stop-shop for all things showbiz, offering original news and views from the HuffPost celebrity team, interviews and blog posts from big names in the business".

It kicks off with an interview with X-Factor winners Little Mix, while bloggers lined up to contribute to the site in coming months include Susan Boyle, Carol Vorderman and Nicola Roberts.

The culture section is edited by Sam Parker, the former editor of men's lifestyle blog Asylum and a previous online editor at Bauer Media, who has also written for The Times, The Guardian, Esquire and GQ.

It will complement HuffPo UK's existing entertainment coverage to become a 'destination for all that is taking place in the performing, literary, visual and broadcast arts, including dance, opera, music, architecture, film, poetry, TV, photography and more".

The new section will feature video performances from poets and performance artists including Michelle Madsen performance poet Deanna Rodger, with bloggers including Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Scroobius Pip, Tate Liverpool and Barbican.

The news comes following the previous launch of HuffPo UK's education, lifestyle and technology sections.

In October it also announced the arrival of Stephen Hull as media editor and Peter Guest has as business editor.

Editor-in-chief Carla Buzasi said: 'The Huffington Post UK is meant to be a starting point for conversations about all that's happening, from news to entertainment, so we're excited to create niche discussions centered around the highs and lows of all things arts and culture – from celebrity and gossip to opera, dance and poetry, and more."

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