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FT celebrates digital printing technology in Malta

The Financial Times has today officially launched its digital printing operation in Malta at an event attended by Prime Minister Dr. Lawrence Gonzi, and Martin Dickson, deputy editor of the Financial Times. The celebratory dinner, hosted by Malcolm Miller, CEO of Miller Distributors Malta, was also attended by Adrian Clarke, publisher of the Financial Times Europe edition, and leading local businessmen.

The Financial Times has partnered with the Miller group which has invested in the latest digital printing technology. This will ensure print editions of the paper are available from 03.00 each day, meeting increased demand from retailers, subscribers and hotels keen to make bulk purchases. The FT is also looking to implement the digital technology in other locations such as Helsinki and Moscow, delivering improved customer service and further environmental benefits.

Adrian Clarke, publisher of the Financial Times Europe edition, commented: “The Financial Times continues to invest in its products to meet the needs of an audience that consumes on and offline media in different ways. Our strategy is to be channel-neutral, providing our journalism to readers and subscribers in formats that best suit their needs.”

The use of digital printing technology is just one of the ways that the FT is continuing to innovate and invest in its products. Others include the increased popularity of FT’s Manage My Account customer service feature for suspended delivery while on vacation, and the increased number of new print customers who initiate subscriptions over the web.

For further information, please contact:
Kristina Eriksson, Financial Times, +44 20 7873 4961 or kristina.eriksson@ft.com

About the Financial Times:
The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing extensive news, comment and analysis, the newspaper is printed at 23 print sites across the globe, has a daily circulation of 408,544 (ABC figures, September, 2009) and a readership of 1.3 million people worldwide. FT.com is the definitive home for business intelligence on the web, providing an essential source of news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community. FT.com attracts 11.4 million unique users, generating 83.2 million page views (ABCe figures, March 2009) and now has over 1.4 million registered users.

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