Daily Beast Has ‘No Plans’ For UK Launch

There’s an art to running a story despite the denial. Independent.co.uk’s Feral Beast writes of Tina Brown’s 10-month old web magazine: “The Daily Beast is heading for Britain. After the success of Tina Brown‘s news and opinion site in the US, I can reveal that Brown has plans to launch a UK version within months. A spokesman is cagey about the plans, saying there’s ‘no time-line currently in place to launch a seperate [sic] operation’, but fails to deny it.”

But the spokesperson was less cagey with paidContent:UK. When asked, the Beast’s New York PR Andrew Kirk said: “As I told Matthew at The Independent, we have a strong and growing readership in the UK and many terrific writers based there. We have no plans to launch a separate UK operation, though we will of course continue to cover breaking news and other developing stories there.”

The news and opinion site launched by the English former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor in October 2008 is slick indeed. But it’s still early days – Barry Diller, CEO of the Beast’s publisher IAC (NSDQ: IACI), told our Staci Kramer in June: “I don