OLD Media Moves

The strategy behind FT’s U.S. growth

November 8, 2019

Posted by Chris Roush

Ken Doctor of Nieman Lab interviewed Financial Times CEO John Ridding about the company’s strategy, particularly in the United States.

Here is an excerpt:

DOCTOR: In the U.S., how would you describe your plan? How specifically is the Nikkei ownership helping you do things here in terms of that strategy that you couldn’t do before?

RIDDING: There’s a number of things.One is a confident focus on differentiation. We’re not going to plant 20 or 30 reporters outside the White House. Our view is what makes the FT different and special is that global coverage, and it’s that independent voice at a time where media is, as you know better than anyone, increasingly polarized. In the U.S., obviously, that’s been a big theme, though it’s not just the U.S.

So I think our opportunity there is to be an independent voice, a balanced voice, and a global voice at a time when a lot of media is becoming more domestically focused. Certainly, that’s the feedback we’ve had from readers and research.

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