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Murdoch, Abu Dhabi group eye Financial Times: report

The Financial Times could be in Rupert Murdoch’s sights, according to a report in The Edge Review. Photo: AFP

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Abu Dhabi’s state media group are in talks to acquire the Financial Times Group for about US$1.2 billion, a report said on Friday.

Friday, 28 June, 2013, 2:59pm

Xi makes The Economist cover again, but Beijing's censors are unimpressed

A combination photo of the two The Economist covers with Xi Jinping.

For the second time in just over six months, China’s president, Xi Jinping, is gracing the cover of The Economist, although Beijing appears unimpressed and unamused.

3 May 2013 - 1:56pm 18 comments

Ma Ying-jeou won't lodge protest over Economist's 'bumbler' quip

Ma Ying-jeou won't complain to The Economist. Photo: EPA

Taiwan has no plans to lodge a protest with British magazine The Economist for its article branding the island's president an "ineffectual bumbler", a spokesman for President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:48am

Economist story on 'bumbler' Ma causes storm in Taiwan

Ma Ying-jeou

An article in British magazine The Economist branding Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou "a bumbler" has set off a media storm on the island, causing even the opposition to give a rare show of support for him.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:30am 3 comments

Ex-Australian PM Rudd rebukes UN agency over food security 'failures'

Kevin Rudd on Thursday slammed the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation for failing at its job, and threatened to pull Australian funding, at a conference in Hong Kong.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Digest: Is Twitter a "media", or just a platform for media?

Digest: Is Twitter a "media", or just a platform for media?

It is no doubt that Twitter has become one of world's best platforms to share real-time information. At the same time, it also makes money from selling ads, just like media outlets do. So, it will be interesting to see whether it wants to move forward one more step to make itself a real media company that not only “share” but also “create” content.

24 Sep 2012 - 7:53pm

Digest: More experiment needed for multiplatform strategy

Digest: More experiment needed for multiplatform strategy

"Where to go" is no longer a major question for news publications. Many of them are aware that the future will involve offering content on multiple platforms.

11 Sep 2012 - 3:38pm

Normal service resumed as HK ranks 31st for liveability in annual EIU survey

Normal service resumed as HK ranks 31st for liveability in annual EIU survey

Hong Kong's brief reign as the world's most liveable city has ended. The latest annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranks it 31st, after the city claimed top spot in a special, "light-hearted" survey it released last month.

Melbourne came first in the EIU's annual liveability rankings.

15 Aug 2012 - 4:44am

Nature's riches

How did Hong Kong top a global liveability ranking associated with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)? Just as Hong Kong people can't believe their city came first, cities such as Melbourne, Vancouver and others, who usually do well in the research organisation's annual surveys of liveability, may wonder why they fell behind.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Great city, but only with a pinch of salt

Our city has no shortage of sobriquets - the world's freest economy, Asia's world city, Pearl of the Orient. We also feature in all sorts of surveys and rankings, some of which find that we are not always shown in the most positive light. For example, we have been repeatedly warned that the cost of living for expatriates here is one of the world's highest.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Reality check

Hong Kong is a great city, but the world's best? That status is as subjective as the music we like, a matter of personal preference. As we live in a major business, financial and tourism centre, though, it is inevitable that those who like to compare and contrast to produce international rankings will include us.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Megachange: The World in 2050 (The Economist)

Megachange: The World in 2050 (The Economist) edited by D. Franklin, John Andrews The Economist

This book looks at our world 38 years from now. That's 38 orbits of the sun. The age at which a person is entering the suburbs of middle age. Half a lifetime.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

HK workforce ranked 'best in Asia'

Hong Kong's workforce is the most productive in Asia, a report says, helping the city rank as the fourth most competitive in the world.

But poor environmental protection cost Hong Kong the top spot in Asia as it was pipped by Singapore, which ranked third in the world. New York topped the list ahead of London.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

HK slips four places to 39th in liveability survey

Living conditions in Hong Kong are getting slightly worse, says an international study that ranks it the 39th most liveable city in the world - down four places from last year.

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's liveability survey - which assessed 140 cities in terms of their living conditions - Hong Kong scores 90.9 out of 100, 0.7 points lower than a year ago.

10 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Imitation, the highest form of flattery, but was it coincidence or plagiarism?

Has the venerable British weekly The Economist come out with a Chinese edition? It certainly looks that way with this week's Eastweek (pictured). Both news magazines ran their cover stories on the worldwide financial meltdown, with the same picture of a vortex drowning everyone. But The Economist came out late last month.

11 Oct 2008 - 12:00am