OLD Media Moves

Bloomberg weighing deal for Financial Times

December 9, 2012

Posted by Chris Roush

Amy Chozick and Michael Barbaro of The New York Times write Sunday about how Bloomberg LP is considering purchasing The Financial Times Group.

Chozick and Barbaro write, “Mr. Bloomberg has long adored The Economist, and his affinity for the paper, at least as a reader, has deepened lately. Its bisque-colored pages, once rarely seen in the thick stack of newspapers Mr. Bloomberg carries under his arm all day, have become a mainstay. Friends say he favors its generally short, punchy and to-the-point articles, which match his temperament.

“In October, Mr. Bloomberg visited the London headquarters of The Financial Times, a few blocks away from Bloomberg L.P.’s giant new London complex, which is still under construction. When an editor asked if he would buy the paper, Mr. Bloomberg replied, ‘I buy it every day.’

“He has spoken openly with friends and aides about the potential benefits and pitfalls of making such a costly acquisition in an industry he admires deeply as a reader but sneers at as a businessman, these same people said. And he has recently taken to rattling off circulation figures and ‘penetration’ rates for the paper.”

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