FT Named World's Best Newspaper

  • Internationale Medienhilfe survey names FT world's best newspaper
  • FT ranked number one in print and online in Europe 2005 Survey
  • FT readership up 11% on UK National Readership Survey

The Financial Times has been ranked number one in a list of the world's best newspapers, according to a survey of 1,000 executives, politicians, university lecturers, journalists and advertising professionals across 50 countries.

The survey, conducted by the Zurich-based consultancy, Internationale Medienhilfe, showed 19.4% of respondents choosing the FT as the best newspaper.  The FT came ahead of the Wall Street Journal in second place with 17.0% and Frankfurter Allgemeine in third place with 16.2%.

Also this week, the FT is ranked Europe's leading business title in print and online, in the annual Europe 2005 Survey conducted by Ipsos-RSL. The Survey, one of the largest of its kind, provides detailed information for those involved in planning and buying pan-European media, both in print and online. Europe 2005 covers over 10 million executives in 16 European countries, representing the top 4% of the adult working population.

For the sixth year running, the FT has taken the number one position on the Survey, reaching 679,000 leading professionals and executives every day. The FT leads the business titles in the Survey, with 22% more readers than its closest competitor, The Economist, and is almost five times that of the Wall Street Journal Europe. In fact, the Survey highlights that the FT is read by more people than the IHT, USA Today, Wall Street Journal Europe and Business Week combined.

Europe 2005 also shows that FT.com is Europe's leading business website - showing 11% year on year growth - on this survey, giving the FT brand an unrivalled integrated print and online reach across Europe.

In the UK, ABC audits show that FT sales have shown a year on year increase for the past two months, and the latest National Readership Survey (NRS) results show that that FT readership in the UK is up by 11%.

Olivier Fleurot, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Times, said: "In recent weeks, we've seen a series of independently audited reports and surveys which confirm the FT's status as the world's leading source of business news, comment and analysis in print and online. The culmination of this evidence, together with the promising growth in UK sales, suggests that the FT is better placed than ever before to meet the needs of executives looking for a trustworthy and authoritative guide to the things that matter in global business. It's also great news for advertisers looking to reach a senior level, internationally-minded audience."

Further information

Joanna Manning-Cooper
+44 (0) 20 7873 4447
joanna.manning-cooper@ft.com

Katy Hemmings
+44 (0) 20 7873 3811
katy.hemmings@ft.com

Notes

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, 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 427,000 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 3.9 million unique monthly visitors, generating 46 million page views and has almost 80,000 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.  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.