Financial Times launches new weekly CEO interview, and a series of changes to the first section

London - The Financial Times will launch a new weekly CEO interview as part of a series of changes to the first section of the newspaper.

The changes include a fortnightly weekly 'Agony Aunt' column by writer Lucy Kellaway, focusing on problems in the workplace, a new Management Column by Stefan Stern, and a sharper Business Life section, with more interview slots, including the new weekly CEO interview slot.

The daily Comment and Analysis Page will now run two or three feature articles, rather than the current single subject article. Jonathan Guthrie's popular weekly Enterprise Column will move to the Op Ed pages.

Quentin Peel, the FT's International Affairs Editor, will also be writing a news analysis column called Between the Lines. This will sit in the paper's international pages.

In addition to these changes, Jean Eaglesham has been appointed Chief Political Correspondent, and Patrick Jenkins is appointed ICN Editor.

Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times, commented: "These changes will improve our core business coverage. Our new CEO interview slot will be a 'must read' for anyone interested in business. By polishing our features and introducing compelling new columns, the FT will be an even more unmissable daily read."

Further information

Joanna Manning-Cooper/Lucy Ellison. 020 7873 4447/3119

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 425,000 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.