Financial Times strengthens UK companies and markets teams

London: The Financial Times today announces four new appointments designed to strengthen its UK companies and markets coverage.

Neil Hume is joining the FT to head up its London stock market coverage. He joins from The Guardian, where he has been the market reporter for the past seven years, and will join the FT in May.

Dan Roberts, currently the FT's US Business Editor, will return to London to edit the Lombard column. The Lombard Column was previously edited by Martin Dickson, who is now Deputy Editor of the FT. Lombard has gained a reputation for its incisive commentary on the UK corporate and financial sector.

Chris Hughes joins the FT from BreakingViews, and will become a senior companies reporter, covering UK companies. He will join the FT in May, and cover the big issues and themes in corporate Britain.

Sarah Spikes is joining the FT in April from Dow Jones, and will take the role of companies reporter, covering financial services and the City of London.

The new hires will focus on the UK, and UK business issues. The FT has already announced the appointment of Paul Murphy, Business Editor of The Guardian to the new role of Development Editor, FT.com.

Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, commented: "These are important appointments for us which will considerably strengthen our coverage of corporate Britain and the City of London - our core business."

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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 over 425,000 and a readership of more than 1.6 million people worldwide.
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  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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    • 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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