FT Scoops Five Awards

The Financial Times celebrates winning five prestigious awards this month.

The FT's Asia edition has been awarded the 2004 prize for excellence in newspapers by The Society of Publishers in Asia. The newspaper was also given an award for design and an honourable mention was made for its business reporting from China. The FT launched its Asia edition just nine months ago.

David Blackwell, companies reporter, was named the Journalist of the Year at the AIM Journalist of the Year Awards. This is the second time that David has won the accolade. 

At the Aon Consulting Pension and Investment Journalist Awards, Tony Tassell, investment correspondent, won Business Pensions and Investment Journalist of the Year, and Norma Cohen, companies reporter, won Most Outstanding Contribution to Pension and Investment Journalism.

Kate Burgess, companies reporter, was named Best National Journalist in the annual Journalist Awards announced by the Association of Investment Trust Companies.

Andrew Gowers, editor, said: ?We are thrilled that once again the FT's journalism has been recognised as the best in the industry. We are particularly proud of the award from The Society of Publishers in Asia. Our Asia edition was launched just nine months ago and already it has been picked out for its superior coverage and design.?

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 22 cities across the globe, has a daily circulation of over 440,000 and a readership of more than 1.6 million people worldwide.

2. FT.com is one of the world's leading business information websites, and the internet partner of the FT newspaper. Since its relaunch in May 2002, the website has continued to be the definitive home for business intelligence on the web, providing an essential source of news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community. FT.com attracts 3.7 million unique monthly visitors, generating 59.6 million page views and has over 76,000 subscribers. FT.com broke even in December 2002.

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.
  • A 13.85% stake in Business Standard, one of India's leading financial newspapers.

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

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