Michael Wolff , writing for The Guardian, says that Bloomberg and Reuters are both competing to acquire The Financial Times. A ”senior executive” at Reuters told Wolff that FT had recently turned down an offer from Bloomberg, but it was “in clear discussions” with Reuters.
Wolff explains that gaining the paper would make sense for either company:
It is certainly true that neither Bloomberg nor Thomson Reuters need a newspaper — and yet it is true, too, that it could change the game were one of them to get a major financial news organ (so much so that each would probably do what is necessary to try to prevent the other from getting one — vastly enhancing the value of both the FT and WSJ). Indeed, while neither Pearson nor News Corp are ever going to turn the FT or WSJ into significant earners, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters, with their back-end financial information resources, might be able to build a powerful and profitable financial news front end.
He does concede that because the talks are — according to his source — “at an informal level of discussion,” any deal might be far off.
A Pearson spokesperson emailed us and denied the rumors. ”The FT is a very valued and valuable part of Pearson,” wrote the spokesperson. “It is not for sale.”