Financial Times scoops awards

2007 SOPA awards for editorial excellence

Hong Kong: 23 May 2007: The FT has won seven prizes at the annual awards for editorial excellence presented by the Society of Publishers in Asia.

The FT's four first prizes included the Scoop of the Year award, won by Tom Mitchell, Sundeep Tucker and Justine Lau, for their expose of how the Chinese government intervened to prevent the sale of Hong Kong's leading telecommunications group to foreign buyers.

The FT also won first prizes for opinion writing and magazine front cover design.

The newspaper's Chinese language website, FTChinese.com, won first prize in the explanatory reporting category for its coverage of China's emerging middle class.

The three runner-up prizes were for a scoop on Thai premier's Thaksin Shinawatra's sale of the country's leading telecommunications group to Singapore's Temasek; a series of features on Japan's resurgence; and for magazine design.

Further information about the awards can be found at: http://www.sopasia.com/

2007 EPpy awards

London: 25 May 2007: FT Alphaville, FT.com's financial blog, has won the title of Best Media-Affiliated Business Blog of the Year at the 2007 EPpy Awards. 

FT.com launched FT Alphaville in October 2006 as a digital news and commentary service, specifically aimed at finance professionals working in hedge funds, private equity and investment banking. FT Alphaville is edited by Paul Murphy, with Helen Thomas and Gwen Robinson. It can be found online at: http://ftalphaville.ft.com/

The judges commented that FT Alphaville has "superb running coverage and commentary on the day's market news, packaged elegantly." They also noted that "not only is it timely but it is clear... The Markets Live chats are fast, informative and delivered with obvious understanding and good old reporting."

For further information please contact:

Jo Crosby
Communications Manager
Financial Times
T: +44 (0) 20 7873 3811
E: jo.crosby@ft.com

Emma Gilpin-Jacobs
Director of Communications
Financial Times
T: +44 (0) 20 7873 4447
E: emma.gilpin-jacobs@ft.com

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  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 461,000 and a readership of more than 1.4 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 5.3 million unique monthly users (ABC electronic figures January 2007) generating 40.4 million page views and has 90,000 subscribers.
  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 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.
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  7. 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.

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