Chrystia Freeland Appointed Editor of Weekend FT

The Financial Times today announces the appointment of Chrystia Freeland as editor of the Weekend FT.

She will take responsibility for the Saturday edition of the Financial Times, including editing the Weekend FT and will oversee all the weekend special sections.

Chrystia Freeland, 34, is currently editor of FT.com ' and will continue in that role for the time being, alongside her new Weekend FT remit. Under the leadership of Chrystia Freeland, FT.com has become the world's most popular audited business website, and successfully introduced subscription services in May 2002.

Prior to editing FT.com, Chrystia was deputy editor of The Globe & Mail, Toronto, Canada.  Before joining The Globe & Mail, she was the UK news editor for the FT from 1998 to 1999.  Between 1995 and 1998 she was the newspaper's Moscow bureau chief.  In 1994, Ms Freeland was the FT's Eastern Europe correspondent.

Andrew Gowers, Editor of the Financial Times commented;

' I am delighted to appoint Chrystia into this key role. She is a dynamic and creative journalist and will spearhead our efforts to revamp the Weekend FT. '

Ms Freeland is a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Harvard College.  At Oxford she studied at St. Anthony's College and was awarded a Master of Studies degree in Slavonic studies.

For further information: 

Joanna Manning-Cooper, 0207 873 4447
Alice Owen, 0207 873 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 20 cities across the globe, has a daily circulation of over 480,000 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 55 million monthly page views and over 2.7 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.

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