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Financial Times unveils next generation website

Today the Financial Times launches the new version of its website, transformed to meet the needs of the next generation of readers. FT.com is now one of the fastest news sites in the world on both desktop and mobile, featuring a host of personalisation and customisation features, in addition to a clean, elegant design.

The new FT.com is:

  • Fast – Users can start reading in 1.5 seconds on desktop devices, and 2.1 seconds on mobile. This makes it one of the fastest news sites in the world.
  • Engaging – Users of the new FT.com are up to 30% more engaged than before, which means they are reading more stories and returning more frequently.
  • Customisable – Through myFT, readers can get the information they want, based on their interests. They can save articles or share with colleagues, and follow specific topics. The new website also gives greater prominence to opinion and analysis, reflecting reader preferences, alongside the agenda-setting news coverage for which the FT is known.

FT CEO John Ridding said: “We have designed our new digital platform around our readers’ preferences and usage – so it’s very fast, optimised for mobile, with smart navigation and personalisation. As a result, readers are spending more time on the site and that will help deliver further growth in our global subscriber base.”

Cait O’Riordan, chief product and information officer, added: “This is a true collaboration between editorial, product, tech, marketing, and advertising teams across the FT. The result of putting readers at the heart of the process from the outset is a more intuitive reading experience, and a site which will continue to evolve.”

“All of the updates we’ve made are to make the experience of reading the FT better, simpler, and more enjoyable,” said FT editor Lionel Barber. “Words, pictures, data and image combine seamlessly. Stories are not grouped according to old newspaper definitions, but to the way readers actually navigate, save and share their news.”

With a growing audience of engaged subscribers and quality visits, the new site strengthens the Cost per Hour (CpH) advertising offering, pioneered by the FT. As of September 2016, the FT has run 43 Cost Per Hour (CPH) campaigns with 33 different partners. The site also incorporates new advertising formats including in-stream positions, and offers increased viewability.

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For more information contact:

Christopher Chafin, Financial Times
T: +1 917 551 5093
E: christopher.chafin@ft.com

Kristina Eriksson, Financial Times
T: +44 (0) 20 7873 4961
E: kristina.eriksson@ft.com

About the Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation in excess of 805,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

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