Financial Times named Newspaper of the Year at the annual 'What The Papers Say' Awards

LONDON - The Financial Times was today named Newspaper of the Year at the 'What The Papers Say Awards'. The awards were presented at a lunch at the Café Royal in London and the award was collected by the FT's deputy editor, Martin Dickson, on behalf of the FT.

2007 has been a strong year for the Financial Times, with highlights including the global refresh of the newspaper, the launch of the new advertising campaign under the tagline 'We live in Financial Times', upgrades and development on FT.com, including a new access model, and the integration of the newsroom. The Financial Times has also recruited a host of new talent including Niall Ferguson, Richard Edgar, Sylvia Pfeifer and Henny Sender, who joined from the Wall Street Journal.

To date in 2007, the Financial Times has won 45 awards, including the British Press Awards, Business Journalist of the Year Awards, EPpy Awards, Campaign Poster Awards, Newspaper Awards, Digital Media Awards and SOPA awards.

Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, said: "We are delighted to have won this prestigious newspaper of the year award. All the staff at the FT have worked hard to make this happen and I'd like to extend my thanks to them for making the FT the world's leading business newspaper and website".

The What The Papers Say Awards were introduced in 1957 and are now a firm fixture in the British press calendar.

For further information please contact:

Emma Gilpin-Jacobs
Global Communications Director
T: GB +44 2078734447 Call
E: emma.gilpin-jacobs@ft.com

Jo Crosby
Communications Manager
T: GB +44 2078733811 Call
E: jo.crosby@ft.com

Notes to Editors:

About the Financial Times

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 at 24 print sites across the globe, has a daily circulation of 441,219 (ABC figures, September 2007) and a readership of more than 1.3 million people worldwide.
  2. FT.com is one of the world's leading business information websites, and the internet partner of the FT newspaper. FT.com is 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 5.35 million unique monthly users generating 43 million page views (ABC electronic figures, March 2007). FT.com has 101,000 subscribers.
  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 Mergermarket Group, whose products and services provide the global advisory and corporate communities with intelligence and analysis. With regional head offices in London, New York and Hong Kong and 200 journalists in 46 locations worldwide, reliable and validated proprietary intelligence and historical data is provided via the mergermarket, dealReporter, Debtwire and wealthmonitor on-line platforms.
  7. 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 education and information company.