As seen in World Economic Forum’s Agenda.
UK-based media conglomerate Pearson has made headline news twice in the past week. First, the company confirmed the $1.3 billion sale of the Financial Times Group to Japan’s Nikkei, then revealed it is in talks to sell its 50% stake in the Economist.
The graphic below shows how the deal to sell the Financial Times compares with other global newspapers’ mergers and acquisitions.
While media takeovers are hardly a modern phenomenon, the past week’s developments do shed light on a growing trend of globalization in media. This can also be seen through digital companies like BuzzFeed expanding their offices around the world, and others such as Axel Springer (who missed out on the FT deal) looking to invest and expand with global media partners. (click to tweet)