FT editor, Lionel Barber

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Today marks a new chapter in the 127-year history of the Financial Times, and the creation of a new global media alliance. Nikkei, the Japanese publishing house, has officially assumed ownership of the FT.

Nikkei and the FT are trusted world-class brands with a proud heritage and long traditions of journalistic excellence. We are uniquely well placed to provide news, insight and commentary to the people who make or influence decisions in the worlds of business, finance and public policy.

Our shared mission is to translate information into knowledge with timely, accurate reporting and analysis around the clock from Beijing to Brussels, Tokyo to New York and London to Johannesburg. With our global networks, we connect the dots in an increasingly interconnected world.

Nikkei and the FT will learn from each other. We will co-operate on specific projects, while safeguarding the editorial independence intrinsic to our culture and value. New owners, new partners, same pink FT.

The FT has been in the vanguard of the digital transformation of global media. More people than ever — more than three quarters of a million — are now paying for FT journalism delivered on digital devices and in print, through the written word, as well as in audio and video. With Nikkei’s backing, we intend to expand our ambition and our readership.

The FT will continue to thrive in its home in the City of London, while drawing on the strengths of more than 100 foreign correspondents. We pledge to continue to pursue independent quality journalism. Without fear and without favour.

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