FT.com Launches Global Media Search and Monitoring Service for Business Market

FT.com, the Financial Times’ on-line operation, today launched FT Pro - a flexible, personalised global news, search and monitoring service for business executives.

For an annual fee based on the number of users, corporate customers will gain unlimited access to the FT Pro product, which delivers a comprehensive and tailored information retrieval system direct to the desktop. Searching 300 of the world’s leading media sources and up to ten million articles, FT Pro enables the business executive to access information swiftly, via source, topic or company-specific keywords.

Providing personalised news, comment and analysis, FT Pro is an essential tool for companies seeking to improve their business performance. The service enables users to have access to up-to-date information on their customers, suppliers, partners and sector competitors.

The service can also be delivered with a series of pre-set, sector-specific terms for searching, with the benefit of saving time for busy professionals. Information on FT Pro is updated throughout the day, with personal email alerts, which can send relevant articles or stories direct to the user’s desktop as they appear.
FT Pro has been developed in conjunction with divine Inc, a technology partner specialising in the knowledge management sector.

A number of large multinational corporations and associations have already registered with FT Pro, including the Confederation of British Industry and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Zach Leonard, chief operating officer, FT.com, said :

“This is the latest in a phased line of paid-for services from FT.com. The FT Group already has a strong track record in the field of global media intelligence systems, and FT Pro was created specifically in response to customer demand. The service represents an invaluable resource. The breadth of available content on FT Pro helps busy executives to keep ahead of the competition.

This is another new revenue stream for FT.com which keeps us firmly on track to break even at the end of next year.”

Kelvin Ladbrook, of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales, said : “We are offering our readers and members the opportunity to have FT Pro for themselves as we believe it is the best business information service available. It will ensure that the accountancy world is as up to date and well-informed as possible. Whatever’s going on in the accountancy sector, our clients and members will always be the first to know.” Ends.


FT Pro, the business-to-business search, retrieval and monitoring service is now available through FT.com offices throughout the world.

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, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing extensive news, comment and analysis, the newspaper is printed in 18 cities across the globe, has a daily circulation of over 485,000 and a readership of more than 1.6m worldwide.
  2. FT.com, the newspaper’s internet partner, which 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 43.5 million monthly page views and over 2.4 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 FT Group, part of Pearson plc, also has a stake in a number of joint ventures :
    • FTSE International, a joint venture with the London Stock Exchange.
    • Vedomosti, Russia’s leading business newspaper - 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.
Further information

Joanna Manning-Cooper, Financial Times Group Public Relations


020 7873 4447


Anoushka Healy, Financial Times Group Public Relations


020 7873 3720