Financial Times owner denies it is looking to sell
LONDON (AFP) - The owner of the Financial Times on Tuesday denied it was planning to dump the business newspaper after earlier reports suggested it was "planning to explore a sale".
Media wire Bloomberg reported that British media group Pearson was sounding out a private sale and that the company "has decided to consider offers for the newspaper this year".
Pearson released a statement within an hour, saying it was "not in the habit of responding to rumours, speculation or reports about our portfolio". It added: "However, this particular Bloomberg story is wrong." According to reports, Pearson is looking to offload the £1 billion (S$1.95 billion) valued company within months in order to focus on its fast-growing education division.
Chief Executive Majorie Scardino has said the paper would only be sold "over my dead body" but analysts have been predicting a sale since she announced her retirement on Oct 3.