Financial Times to Host Free Access Week on FT.com

London - This week the Financial Times will host a Free Access Week on FT.com. The promotion, sponsored by AT&T, will allow online visitors access to FT.com content normally only available to subscribers.

FT.com, the world's leading business website, will make everything from breaking news and instant analysis to the 5-year archive of news and features, and a library of in-depth FT Reports on key industries, countries, and business trends, available for free during this week.  Additionally, tools such as Portfolio, Desktop Alerts, and the FT screensaver, featuring cityscapes and RSS headlines, will be free as well.

The site will feature newly interactive editorial content exclusively designed for Free Access Week. Prominent US business leaders will guest edit the website, including Wilbur Ross, the famous turnaround investor, James Cayne, Chairman and CEO of Bear Stearns and John Castellani, President of Business Roundtable. Each day, there will be a podcast of the Lex column, read by Tracy Corrigan, the Head of Lex. On Wednesday there will be a live Q&A session with Sir Richard Branson on entrepreneurship and the future of mobile television. On Friday, FT.com will launch its first arts podcast, with Jan Dalley, Arts Editor, talking to the FT's array of critics, including Nigel Andrews on cinema, Ludovic Hunter-Tilney on popular music and Clement Crisp on dance.

Visitors to Free Access Week will also be the first to view FT.com China, a new section launched on the website dedicated to covering China, its business opportunities and risks, and its influence on the global economy.

Simon Targett, FT.com editor, commented: "Next week is a great opportunity for visitors to experience the many sides to FT.com, from breaking news and our growing portfolio of audio and video content, to the in depth comment and analysis the FT does so well. Our guest editors, the first ever podcast of the famous Lex column - together with the live Q&As and podcast on the arts - should give new visitors to FT.com an indication of what they have been missing."

For further information

please contact Lucy Ellison on +44 (0)20 7873 3119 or email lucy.ellison@ft.com

About The Financial Times Group

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 430,000 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 4.1 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.