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HuffPost Australia names Nine’s Today Show co-host Lisa Wilkinson as editor-at-large

Wilkinson with Today co-host Karl Stefanovic

Wilkinson with Today co-host Karl Stefanovic

After launching yesterday The Huffington Post has named the Nine Network’s Today Show co-host Lisa Wilkinson as editor-at-large.

HuffPost Australia chief executive officer Chris Janz said in a statement: “In less than six months, we’ve assembled a highly-talented, strong editorial team, led by editor-in-chief Tory Maguire, who have hit the ground running to bring Australians the latest news, opinions and commentary that will shape the local agenda.

“Lisa Wilkinson is a fabulous addition to the HuffPost Australia team as Editor-at-Large. She’s a highly-respected and much-loved TV broadcaster through her role on the Today Show, with a strong personality, intelligence and persuasive style that resonates with many.

“In HuffPost Australia, Lisa has the perfect platform to further broaden and deepen her connection to audiences, and inspire others to share their perspectives on what matters most to them.”

Lisa Wilkinson HuffPoWilkinson’s first column ‘What They Really Meant By ‘Having It All‘ was published this morning.

Commenting on her new role Wilkinson said in a a statement: “I was thrilled to be approached by Arianna [Huffington] and when you find an email in your inbox on a Saturday morning from one of the most influential women in the world well it’s hard to say no to. And I’m going to love getting my teeth back into writing again.”

According to a report on Fairfax’s The Age, it was Wilkinson’s review on 50 Shades of Grey that clinched the role for her.

“I gather Arianna had been looking at me and when that went viral, she approached me,” she told The Age.

The site went live yesterday, a day earlier then expected, with an exclusive video interview with Julie Bishop on her stance on same sex marriage.

Arianna Huffington, co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post said in a statement: “HuffPost Australia marks the 15th edition in HuffPost’s growing global network, which is now present on six of the seven continents. And we couldn’t have found a better partner than Fairfax Media.

“Together, we’ve built a hub for reporting on the critical issues the country faces, exploring the themes that can help Australians live more fulfilling lives, and opening up the conversation to all Australians, not just about the challenges the country is facing, but also about the solutions and innovations that are making a difference.”

Wilkinson’s breakfast show Today has been competing more strongly against Seven’s Sunrise in recent weeks. The move will not see Wilkinson leave the Today Show.

Miranda Ward

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