Financial Times Expands Team Of Columnists and Launches Three New Columns

London - The Financial Times is expanding its award winning team of columnists by adding three new columns 'Notebook,' 'Mudlark' and 'Short View' all written by highly-acclaimed senior journalists. The new columns will launch next week (w/c 7th June).

'Notebook' will offer a new and often mischievous perspective on social, political and economic issues of the day; 'Mudlark', a lively read with chutzpah about people in the City and top names in British business; and 'Short View' to be based on the financial markets. Each will appear in the newspaper and on FT.com.

Notebook will be a witty, insightful, and pointed column on the stories and people that are dominating the British news agenda - from Lord Hutton to Damien Hirst, from Whitehall to Walsall. Written by Robert Shrimsley, previously UK news editor and chief political commentator, it replaces the Observer column and will run from Tuesday to Friday.

Mudlark, by Clay Harris, senior UK companies reporter, will dig under the surface of the City and contain gossip, news and insights into the way the City works and the people who run it. 

Short View will offer opinions and analysis on what is driving global equities, bonds, commodities and currencies. It will be written by investment editor, Philip Coggan, who already writes the acclaimed ?Long View' column on Saturday. It will appear in the newspaper and on FT.com from Tuesday to Friday.

The Financial Times carries a wide range of award winning columns every week. Star columnists include Martin Wolf, Philip Stephens, Quentin Peel, Lucy Kellaway, Wolfgang Munchau, Michael Skapinker, John Gapper, Amity Shlaes and Jonathan Guthrie.

This week, FT writers have taken four out of ten places on the shortlist for this year's David Watt prize for outstanding political commentary. The four are James Blitz, Judy Dempsey, Guy de Jonquières and Philip Stephens.

For further information including biographies, please contact:

Joanna Manning-Cooper / Alice Owen on +44 20 7873 3829

Notes to Editors

The Financial Times Group, one of the world's leading business information companies, aims to provide a broad range of business information and services to the growing audience of internationally minded business people.  The FT Group includes:

  1. The Financial Times, one of the world's leading business newspapers, which is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy.  Providing extensive news, comment and analysis, the newspaper is printed in 23 cities across the globe, has a daily circulation of over 435,000 and a readership of more than 1.6 million people worldwide.
  2. FT.com, the newspaper's internet partner, combines agenda-setting editorial with relevant financial data and discussion groups, as well as a broad range of business tools including the largest search function on the internet.  FT.com has more than 59 million monthly page views and over 3.7 million unique monthly visitors.
  3. The FT Group's pan-European network of national business newspapers and online services including France's leading business newspaper and website, Les Echos and lesechos.fr, and Spain's leading business newspaper and website, Expansion and expansiondirecto.es.  In February 2000, the FT launched a new German language newspaper, FT Deutschland, with a fully integrated online business news and data service.
  4. Through FT Interactive Data, the FT Group is one of the world's leading sources of securities pricing and specialist financial information to global institutional, professional and individual investors.  Its products include eSignal, an online realtime streaming quotation service for brokers and active traders.
  5. FT Business which produces specialist information on the retail, personal and institutional finance industries. It publishes the UK's premier personal finance magazine, Investors Chronicle, and The Banker, Money Management and Financial Adviser for professional advisers.
  6. The Financial Times Group also has a stake in a number of joint ventures, including;
    • FTSE International, a joint venture with the London Stock Exchange.
    • Vedomosti, Russia's leading business newspaper and a partnership venture with Dow Jones and Independent Media
    • A 50% stake in BDFM, publishers of South Africa's leading financial newspapers and websites.
    • A 50% stake in The Economist Group, which publishes the world's leading weekly business and current affairs journal.

The FT Group is part of Pearson plc, the international media group.