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Gideon Rachman wins 2016 Orwell Prize for journalism

27 May 2016: The Financial Times’ chief foreign affairs columnist Gideon Rachman has won the 2016 Orwell Prize for journalism, along with independent journalist Iona Craig. The Orwell Prize recognises writers that come closest to achieving Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing an art’ in three categories: journalism, books and social reporting.

Frances Cairncross, one of the judges, commented: “The winners demonstrate the very best of two distinct schools of journalism. Gideon Rachman, on the staff of the Financial Times, reflects with Olympian perception on the larger currents of the news, moving thoughtfully between continents and countries.” Read more >>

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FT hires Arthur Beesley as European diplomatic correspondent

25 May 2016: The Financial Times announces the appointment of Arthur Beesley (@BeesleyIT) as its European diplomatic correspondent. Beesley will be based in Brussels and report into Alex Barker (@alexebarker) who has recently assumed the role of Brussels bureau chief.

Beesley joins from the Irish Times where he was economics editor. Prior to that he served as Brussels correspondent, and he has held a number of senior roles at the title during a 20-year career in journalism. Read more >>

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Bond, Fildes and Murgia join FT’s tech and media team

Madhumita Murgia joins the FT’s tech team in London as European technology correspondent from the Telegraph; Nic Fildes joins from The Times as telecoms correspondent from July; and David Bond, former sports editor at the BBC, joins as media correspondent in June. Louise Lucas takes up the newly created role of Asia tech correspondent in October, based in Hong Kong.

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Medley Global Advisors appoints new president

“Paul brings market experience, drive and vision to the MGA team,” said Caspar de Bono, the FT’s Managing Director of B2B.

Medley Global Advisors delivers accurate, unbiased intelligence on macroeconomic and political events in its newsletters, available to all subscribers. Its deep knowledge of financial markets allows it to proactively identify the most timely and relevant policy issues for market participants, and to understand the complex interplay between policy and markets. Read more >>

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FT names Ravi Mattu editorial director of content marketing suite FT²

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FT appoints Alex Barker Brussels bureau chief

9 May 2016: The Financial Times has named Alex Barker (@alexebarker) as its Brussels bureau chief, replacing Peter Spiegel (@SpiegelPeter) who assumes the role of FT news editor, based in London.


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Financial Times appoints Jon Slade as its first chief commercial officer

Financial Times CEO John Ridding said: “Jon has shown exceptional leadership in our subscriptions business and his appointment to the new role of chief commercial officer reflects a commitment to continuing the integration around audience data across the FT, to the benefit of both readers and advertisers”.

Jon Slade said: “I am delighted to take on the role of CCO, which reflects the digitally-driven convergence of content and advertising strategies and the vital role of audience data and intelligence in both.” Read more >>

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FT wins the Grand Prix prize at 2016 Newsawards



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Financial Times brings 2016 Business of Luxury Summit to San Francisco


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FT Digital Media 2016 attracts industry thought leaders

David Pemsel, CEO of Guardian Media Group, opened the conference by discussing the Guardian’s strategy and approach to ad blocking.

FT CEO John Ridding and Nikkei Chairman Tsuneo Kita took part in a fireside chat, moderated by James Harding, BBC’s Director of News and Current Affairs. Tsuneo Kita told the audience that the Japanese media group is not looking for an immediate return from the company’s £844m purchase of the Financial Times and will judge the success of the deal over the next 10 to 20 years. Read more >>

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