The Financial Times today announced four senior editorial appointments. Jonathan Ford has now started as the FT’s new chief leader writer, with overall responsibility for writing and commissioning the Financial Times’ editorials.
Reporting into editor Lionel Barber, Ford will oversee a team of four leader writers that together help set the tone of the FT. Ford joins the FT from Reuters and Breaking Views where he has been working since 2000. Before that he was an FT Lex columnist and a financial correspondent.
The Financial Times has announced the return of its ’Take a Friend for a Fiver’ promotion on 16th January. Following the success of the promotion last year, the FT in association with Harden’s restaurant guide will offer readers a chance to take a friend to a leading restaurant across the country for just five pounds.
Between 16th January and 12th February diners will be able to collect one token in every weekday FT and two in FT Weekend. Over 200 of Britain’s finest restaurants are participating from across the country, including Pied á Terre, 1 Lombard Street, Chez Bruce, The Cinnamon Club, Le Café Anglais, Tamarind and many more.
The FT is to launch a major editorial series focused on the growing force of consumers in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICs). Launching in FT magazine on 16th January, a week of print, online and interactive content will examine whether consumers in the BRICs countries have the power to pick up the slack in the global economy following the retreat of the US consumer.
Edited by Richard McGregor, the BRICs series will feature video interviews with Stephen Roach at Morgan Stanley and Jim O’Neill at Goldman Sachs, who will give their views on rebalancing the global economy. It will also include on-the-ground reporting from each of the four countries and articles from leading FT correspondents such as Gillian Tett.
Investors Chronicle, the top weekly investment title, celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2010. The anniversary will be marked by the unveiling of a new logo, incorporating 150 into the famous masthead, and a year-long programme of editorial and integrated marketing initiatives highlighting the relevance of the Investors Chronicle to a new generation of wealthy private investors.
With a roll call of famous contributors including Robert Peston, Andreas Whittam Smith (Founder of the Independent), Nigel Lawson and FT Management writer Lucy Kellaway, the title will pay tribute to its alumni and track record through a new strapline “150 Years of Trusted Advice and Tips” from 8th January.