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6 April 2017: The Financial Times was recognised in two categories at last night’s newsawards, winning News Website of the Year for FT.com and National Supplement of the Year for luxury lifestyle magazine How to Spend It.
FT.com remains one of the fastest news sites in the world, loading in 1.5 seconds on desktop and 2.1 on mobile. The judges said the “standard of journalism across FT’s editorial spectrum was of the highest standard” and when “coupled with it’s improved speedier site, makes it a gold standard website.”
Bede McCarthy, director of product at the FT, said: “We are delighted that FT.com has been globally recognised at both the newsawards and Press Awards in the past month. The site’s success is testament to the incredible commitment and tight integration of our research, UX, design, engineering and product management teams, and close collaboration with our editorial colleagues”.
FT’s award winning luxury supplement How To Spend It was repeatedly described by the judges as “excellent”. The “fantastic high-end product” was praised for “maximising the established brand with confidence”. The judges also applauded the “eye-catching glossy” for its “print quality, choice of paper stock, reproduction and design.”
How To Spend It editor Gillian De Bono commented: “This is the fifteenth time we have received this award and it is a huge testament to the skills and commitment of our tremendously hard working team that How to Spend It is consistently recognised as the industry leader.”
The FT was commended in the National Newspaper of the Year and International Digital Innovation of the Year categories.
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