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Financial Times setting up a live online news desk

By Hamish Mackay |

March 6, 2012 | 2 min read

The initiative, charged with providing a rapid response to breaking news stories including on live blogs and Twitter, will be headed by Ben Fenton, the FT’s media correspondent. He will lead a team of reporters on the breaking news operation.

Media website journalism reports that the initiative aims to provide a "more live response" to developing stories and get a well-written first version online quicker - while freeing up specialised reporters to develop a longer take on the story. editor Robert Shrimsley told "We think it's a natural evolution in the development of our digital offering.

"I was really pleased that Ben could come and do this. It's really important to have experienced and well-regarded journalists doing this."

Fenton wrote on his blog: "I am going to be overseeing the creation of a new live news desk, with live-blogging, Tweeting and rolling news stories about world events and business news from around the world."

He also explained he was meant to start the job last year, but the "extraordinary events" surrounding the phone-hacking story and the Leveson inquiry caused the launch to be postponed.

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