Financial Times Deutschland likely to be shuttered - report

FRANKFURT Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:45pm IST

An edition of the Financial Times Deutschland (Germany) is seen at a shop in Frankfurt August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files

An edition of the Financial Times Deutschland (Germany) is seen at a shop in Frankfurt August 28, 2012.

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German publisher Gruner + Jahr (G+J) is likely to decide to stop publishing Financial Times Deutschland (FTD), a German magazine reported, as the daily business newspaper has not managed to break even since its debut in 2000.

A decision to shutter FTD along with two other publications that draw on FTD editorial staff is expected at a meeting of the Gruner + Jahr's supervisory board next Wednesday, weekly Focus reported, citing company sources.

About 330 staff would lose their jobs, the magazine said.

A Gruner + Jahr spokesman described the report as "speculation." He said the publisher was currently considering several options for its business publications but added: "There is no decision."

FTD started as a joint-venture of Financial Times publisher Pearson (PSON.L) and Gruner + Jahr, which is controlled by unlisted media giant Bertelsmann, but Pearson sold its 50 percent stake to its German partner in 2008.

A person familiar with the matter told Reuters that a proposal to fold the FTD would be discussed at Wednesday's board meeting. (Reporting by Peter Maushagen; Writing by Ludwig Burger. Editing by Jane Merriman)

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