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The Huffington Post UK Launch Live Blog: Arianna Huffington And An Expert Panel Discuss The State Of The Media

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HUFFPOST UK DEBATE BLOG

Check here for live updates from our launch debate on the state of the media with Arianna Huffington, Alastair Campbell, Jon Gaunt, Kelly Osbourne, journalist Celia Walden and human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti. Richard Bacon is chairing the panel.

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Arianna wraps up with an invitation for everyone to blog. That means you!

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Can Murdoch just sell the News of the World? Campbell says he doesn't think Murdoch is too bothered about Britain and could sell-off the paper.

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@ LaurenceDurnan : Richard Bacon has an iPad but also handwritten notes. There's a metaphor in there somewhere #HuffPostUK

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Celia Walden says they could become a bit like vinyl.

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She says editors are valuable as the internet grows.

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"Citizen journalism is all very well... But I want a surgeon to save my life".

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People will pay for financial information and "weird porn".

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"Good journalism costs", he argues.

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@ jazzchantoozie : Bombshells from @campbellclaret tonight. He's no longer friends with Rebekah Brooks - and Wayne Rooney isn't that bright. #huffpostuk

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Arianna says we are all "hyperconnected" and we should celebrate new media but acknowledge what is problematic about it.

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But Shami says her instinct is to support free speech and says superinjunctions can be "very, very difficult". Injunctions are needed to protect privacy, she argues.

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Kelly Osbourne says that those presented themselves as family men should not be hypocritical in their private lives

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@ ns_mehdihasan : Kelly mentions her dad. Gaunt mentions kids. It's family night at #HuffPostUK

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She says if you "sell" your private life you are in the public domain and fair game.

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Superinjunctions. Jon Gaunt says he's "a bit nervous" about them and that the "media elite" can get away with things.

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@ campbellclaret : #huffpostuk Jon Gaunt bumming up Guido Fawkes to get good write up

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She says we've hired over 100 journalists in the last few months.

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Says bloggers are "slightly different" to traditional journalists. Arianna agrees, and says we should "celebrate the Guardian" for its journalists who stayed on the hacking story,

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Points out she was not paid on Newsnight last night, and it's all about giving people a platform

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Has just walked in. Arianna asks if he would like to be a list minute addition to the panel

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"This story's not going to go away until all of you, police, News International get to the bottom of everything. Get it out there and admit what you've done".

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Has he been hung out to dry? AC says he doesn't know but "it felt like it this morning."

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@ GuidoFawkes : Bad Al Campbell "I like Rebecca, I've got a lot of time for Rebecca". Hasn't heard from her since Labour ousted from government. #huffpostUK

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@ bobizgrate : Arianna, would you resign over something written on #huffpostuk?

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@ ns_mehdihasan : 'Journalists are new Muslims' says Shami. What does that make me then?? #HuffPostUK

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@ AModernMother : Question for Arianna -- where did you get your blouse? #huffpostuk

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@ TheMediaTweets : Arianna Huffington "It's not if, it's when Rebekah Brooks resigns" #huffpostuk

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And says she'll probably survive, or attention will turn to James Murdoch.

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"I haven't seen Rebekah for a year. There's a reason for that. We lost power." He says he sympathises with her and she is in a difficult situation. But says it will be “impossible for her to stay” if the allegations turn out to be true. What do you guys think? Post a comment below.

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We can trust each other, even if we can't trust traditional media.

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