WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japan’s Nikkei media group won U.S. antitrust approval for its $1.3 billion purchase of the Financial Times from Britain’s Pearson PLC, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.
The transaction was on the list of deals that the FTC and Justice Department granted “early termination,” essentially quick antitrust approval.
Nikkei’s purchase of the Financial Times marks the culmination of decades of attempts to break into mainstream English-language media.
Nikkei, whose flagship newspaper enjoys a must-read reputation for financial news in Japan, previously had a years-long alliance with Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones, which ended in the last decade.
Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Phil Berlowitz