Financial Times appoints Niall Ferguson Contributing Editor

LONDON: The Financial Times today announced that Niall Ferguson, one of the world's leading historians, will join the FT as a contributing editor. Reporting to Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, Ferguson will offer a lively, proactive blog on FT.com around international finance, drawing on his extensive knowledge of both current and historical events. He will also provide essays and reviews for FT Weekend and contribute to the FT's op-ed page.

As Laurence A. Tisch Professor at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, Ferguson is an internationally acclaimed authority on the history of finance and international relations. Among his numerous publications are the award-winning 'The World's Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild' (1998) and the best-selling 'Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World' (2003). Other books include 'The Pity of War' (1998), 'The Cash Nexus' (2001), 'Colossus' (2004) and 'The War of the World' (2006).

Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, said: "I am delighted to welcome Niall as a contributing editor. He is a hugely respected commentator on finance and foreign affairs who possesses a rapier-like wit and a cutting-edge intellect.  Niall will further strengthen our stable of commentators."

Niall Ferguson said: "I'm hugely excited at the prospect of writing regularly for the Financial Times and FT.com. There's now no question that the FT is the world's quality newspaper, offering by far the most knowledgeable reporting on both economics and politics. Other papers are either national or local. Only the Financial Times is global."

A prolific commentator on contemporary economics and politics, Niall

Ferguson has also written presented three major television series on Channel 4. In 2004 'Time' magazine named him as one of the world's hundred most influential people. More details about him and his work can be found at www.niallferguson.org.

For further information please contact:

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

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

Notes to Editors:

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