• Financial Times announces 2012/13 seasonal appeal partnership with the Global Fund for Children

    Appeal launches 15 November at photography auction in London

    LONDON: 17 October 2012: The Financial Times has chosen The Global Fund for Children (GFC), a charity which aims to transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children, for their 2012-2013 seasonal appeal.

    The annual appeal, which runs from November to mid-January, includes FT coverage of GFC in print and online, in order to raise money and increase awareness of their work. Charities are selected by staff vote and FT appeals have raised over £9 million in the past five years for Sightsavers, Action Against Hunger, Wateraid, Camfed and Room to Read. Articles will appear in the newspaper and online at

    The FT and GFC appeal will be launched on 15 November at an exclusive photography auction held in the Swan Restaurant at Shakespeare’s Globe, with all money raised going to the Global Fund for Children. Photographs for auction will be on display to the public at the Financial Times headquarters in London from 13 November.

    Included in this year’s exhibition and auction are photographs by Cecil Beaton, Tom Stoddart, Jane Bown and many more. A signed and limited edition of Chris Smith’s ‘Ali versus the Beatles 1964’, as well as a photograph of GFC work taken by FT photographer Charlie Bibby, will be included.

    Parties interested in attending the auction, or placing a bid for any of the photographs before the live auction, should go to from 1 November 2012. Select works are presented below.

    Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, said: “The FT is delighted to be working with The Global Fund for Children. In the current economic climate, it is particularly important to support international grassroots organisations like those GFC works with. We look forward to visiting the countries in which they operate and meeting some of the people they have supported, bringing their work and cause to life for the FT readers through extensive editorial coverage. The strength of our seasonal appeals is testament to the generosity of our readers and the great causes of the charity organisations we have worked with.”

    Kristin Lindsey, CEO of The Global Fund for Children, said: “The Global Fund for Children is honoured and excited to be selected by the Financial Times staff for this year’s Seasonal Appeal. This opportunity enables GFC to bring life-changing programmes and support to millions of children in more than 60 countries. With the help of the Financial Times, its readers, and our corporate sponsors, children born into the most challenging circumstances can be safe from conflict and trafficking. They will have access to education and support to reach their potential. We look forward to shedding light on their incredible stories of triumph and the grassroots organisations that are our partners around the globe.”

    Earlier this year, the FT also launched ‘Summer Spotlight’, which profiles the work of two relatively young, small charities. This year’s summer spotlight charities are Railway Children and One Acre Fund. Read FT coverage of their work at

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  • Financial Times sweeps the Lovie Awards

    The Financial Times picked up seven honours in the second annual Lovie Awards, recognising excellence and innovation in the European internet community.

    The Financial Times HTML5-based web app scooped three silver awards in the News App, News App (tablet) and Mobile Innovation (tablet) categories. Previously, the FT web app had also won the 2012 Best Mobile Innovation for Publishing Award at the Global Mobile Awards, as well as the 2012 Meffy Awards for Best Publisher on Mobile.

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  • Financial Times boosts European technology, media and telecoms team

    The Financial Times reveals a new line-up to its technology, media and telecoms editorial team in London. Robert Cookson now assumes the position of digital media correspondent covering digital enterprise in UK media, technology and telecoms companies.

    Robert Cookson has relocated to the UK, after spending three years in Hong Kong as Asia capital markets reporter. His appointment is the latest change to the TMT team, following the appointment of Rob Budden as chief media correspondent and London team leader in July 2012.

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  • FT Weekend partners with Classic FM

    FT Weekend today announces a partnership with Alan Titchmarsh’s Saturday show on Classic FM, the UK’s largest national commercial radio station. The show, which has been broadcast since January 2012 and reaches over a million listeners every week, will feature the latest news from FT Weekend alongside lifestyle features from the FT Magazine and Life & Arts, FT Money and House & Home sections.

    Caroline Daniel, editor of FT Weekend, said: “The Classic FM audience is a very good fit for FT Weekend’s intelligent readership. We offer a vast range of cultural features and interviews that are smart, relevant and sometimes irreverant, taking readers to places beyond the business focus of the weekday edition. I think Alan Titchmarsh’s Saturday programme will help bring our lifestyle and arts coverage to life on air.”

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  • Financial Times holds global Digital Learning Week for staff

    Three day event aims to inform, educate and explore a range of digital and social media topics

    This week the Financial Times will hold its inaugural Digital Learning Week (DLW) for staff, hosting presentations, panel discussions, masterclasses and online learning sessions to inform, educate and encourage dialogue around digital and social media topics and trends.

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Alternately, view a full list of our press and partnership contacts.