Digital subscriptions up 24% at Financial Times

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The Financial Times "reached its highest circulation in its 125-year history," owner Pearson PLC's nine-month trading report says. Circulation is up 5 percent over the same period in 2012, and digital subscriptions are up 24 percent, "to almost 387,000," the statement says. But advertising "remains weak and short-term," Pearson says.

The FT increased its cover price this year, The Guardian's Roy Greenslade notes.

Earlier this month, FT Editor Lionel Barber announced a plan to "launch a single edition, global print product in the first half of 2014." That edition would require a dramatic change in how the FT produces news, Barber wrote:

Overall, these changes will mean that much of the newspaper will be pre-planned and produced. Production journalists will publish stories to meet peak viewing times on the web rather than old print deadlines. The process will be akin to a broadcasting schedule. Where once we planned around page lay-outs, we will now adopt a news bulletin-style approach.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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