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FT.com Publishes ‘Mobile in the Boardroom’ Report

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New report finds that business professionals are significantly more willing to pay for online mobile content than consumers Read more >>

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Financial Times now available on Bloomberg Professional

LONDON & NEW YORK: The Financial Times and Bloomberg today announced that FT customers with a corporate licence will be able to access Financial Times journalism via the Bloomberg Professional® service. The new service, starting today, will be available to more than 295,000 Bloomberg subscribers, which include leading financial and business executives around the world.

The Financial Times multi-platform licences allow professionals to access FT journalism in the most convenient way for their work and over 900 corporate customers have already purchased rights to read FT journalism via a number of third party technology platforms. Corporate licences are a flexible arrangement whereby companies pay once for rights to access Financial Times journalism, independent of the technology or service used. Read more >>

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Standard Chartered scoops global banking gong

LONDON: 3 December 2010: The UK’s Standard Chartered Bank was named Global Bank of the Year by The Banker magazine at the publication’s 2010 Bank of the Year awards.

Standard Chartered, which has operations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, also won the award for Best Bank in Asia. Read more >>

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Europe’s hidden billions – tracking the EU’s structural funds

LONDON: The Financial Times, in collaboration with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, has for the first time traced how the European Union distributes billions through its structural funds, revealing a trail of undetected waste, missed opportunity and even fraud.

As Europeans face the uncertainty of swingeing government cuts, the European Union continues to spend. Its structural fund programme distributes a colossal €347bn of European tax payers’ money across 271 regions in 27 countries. Yet a web of bureaucracy makes it almost impossible to track how the EU’s second largest budget is being spent. Even MEPs have not had a truly transparent view of the data. Read more >>

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Financial Times appointments: Andrew Hill, Jonathan Guthrie and Claer Barrett

Andrew Hill has been appointed the FT’s management editor. He will write a weekly column, contribute features, and blog regularly on developments in business, strategy and management.An award-winning journalist, Andrew was previously City editor and editor of the Lombard column. Previous roles include financial editor, New York bureau chief, foreign news editor and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. Andrew is the administrator of the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award and organises the FT’s annual ranking of the Top 50 Women in World Business. He is a regular speaker at conferences and on television and radio.

FT editor Lionel Barber said: “Andrew Hill has done a tremendous job as the Financial Times City editor, writing and editing the Lombard column, during the past four years. Andrew is an outstanding reporter who has held a wide range positions during his long career at the FT, including several posts overseas. As management editor he will champion the FT’s management coverage, drawing on the wealth of experience he has gained by working close to the heart of some of the world’s biggest companies.” Read more >>

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We Can’t Afford to Ignore Paywalls

Last week, FT.com Managing Editor Robert Shrimsley went head to head with Janine Gibson of The Guardian at the “We Can’t Afford to Ignore Paywalls” debate. The event, held at The Hospital Club in London, was moderated by Milo Yiannopoulos of The Telegraph.

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STEP festival 2010

Last week, the Southwark Theatres’ Education Partnership (STEP) launched its annual month long festival at Theatre Peckham. The FT has supported the work of STEP for three years and it plays a crucial role as an agency for connecting young people, the theatre community and education in the Southwark area of London. STEP encourages Southwark’s young people to achieve their full potential through the creative force of theatre and performing arts; opening a window on the world and highlighting the opportunities open to them.

This year’s launch marked a difficult period for the funding of arts projects in the UK as the public sector pulls back on its support to find savings. Southwark Council, although very supportive of a project that they in fact initiated, could be looking to cut £80m across all parts of its operations. Read more >>

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Financial Times appoints Richard McGregor Washington Bureau Chief

New York: The Financial Times today announces the appointment of Richard McGregor as Washington bureau chief, leading the FT’s coverage of American politics and managing its DC-based team of reporters.  McGregor succeeds Edward Luce, who is taking leave to write a book.

McGregor, currently deputy news editor for the FT based in London, will take up his new role with immediate effect. He will move to Washington full-time from 3rd January 2011. Read more >>

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FT launches seasonal appeal coverage

The Financial Times (FT) is today launching its 2010/11 seasonal appeal on behalf of Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian organisation working to save the lives of malnourished children in the world’s poorest countries.

Over the next 6 weeks, the FT will report on the charity both in print and online, to raise money and increase awareness of its work. With corporate sponsorship matching readers’ donations, FT appeals have raised £5m in the past four years. Read more >>

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Indra Nooyi leads Financial Times Top 50 Women in Business

London: 17 November 2010: Pepsico’s CEO Indra Nooyi has topped the Financial Times’ ranking of the Top 50 Women in World Business for the second year running. One of the most celebrated corporate leaders in the world, Nooyi was followed by Andrea Jung of Avon Products, Güler Sabanci of Sabanci Group, and Irene Rosenfeld of Kraft Foods.

Hot on their heels in the Financial Times’ flagship analysis of female business leadership are Ursula Burns at Xerox, Ellen Kullman at DuPont and – one of the six Indian women in the list – Chanda Kochhar at ICICI. Read more >>

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