Bloomberg Agrees to Acquire BusinessWeek Combination Will Create the Definitive Multimedia Business News Source

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Bloomberg L.P., the leading provider of news and information for financial professionals, has agreed to purchase BusinessWeek, publisher of the world's most-read business weekly, from The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"The BusinessWeek acquisition will yield huge benefits for users of the Bloomberg terminal, and for our television, online and mobile properties," said Daniel L. Doctoroff, president of Bloomberg L.P. "We couldn't be more excited."

"Although Bloomberg has built one of the world's largest news organizations with more than 2,200 journalists, our primary audience has been our 300,000 BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL® service subscribers. They rely on us for high-value, market-moving news and insightful analysis.

"BusinessWeek helps better serve our customers by reaching into the corporate suite and corridors of power in government, where news that affects markets and business is made by CEOs, CFOs, deal lawyers, bankers and government officials who typically are not terminal customers," Doctoroff noted.

Bloomberg L.P. Chairman Peter T. Grauer said, "The acquisition of BusinessWeek will strengthen Bloomberg's online, television and mobile products. Together, the BusinessWeek.com and the BLOOMBERG.COM®( )Web sites will have more unique visitors than any non-portal business and financial site. We also expect to build BLOOMBERG TELEVISION® content around the powerful BusinessWeek brand and its world-class journalists.

"Bloomberg's universe of market makers and BusinessWeek's readership of decision makers create a powerful audience and a unique value proposition for advertisers. The reporting and analytical resources of Bloomberg and BusinessWeek are unparalleled in their ability to deliver timely, distinctive and credible content to an influential and highly sought-after audience," Grauer added.

Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg News said, "BusinessWeek, with its extraordinary context and perspective on the economy and companies, presents a giant opportunity for the BLOOMBERG NEWS® service to reach decision makers in the most important industries. We are thrilled to have such experienced journalists as our colleagues.''

To facilitate integration of the two news organizations, Norman Pearlstine will become Chairman of BusinessWeek. Pearlstine, Bloomberg's Chief Content Officer, joined Bloomberg last year, building on a distinguished career as Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal and Editor in Chief of Time Inc. "Norm's role will ensure that we fully capitalize on the combined strengths of Bloomberg and BusinessWeek," Winkler said.

"Bloomberg looks forward to becoming steward of the great BusinessWeek franchise that McGraw-Hill has built over the past 80 years," said Pearlstine. "We are uniquely positioned to preserve and build the market presence of BusinessWeek. Our shared values and complementary resources give us the editorial and technological expertise, data, analysis and depth of reporting to create a new model for the business weekly."

BusinessWeek magazine, founded in 1929, is the market leader among business periodicals with more than 4.8 million readers each week in 140 countries, local language editions in Chinese, Thai and Bahasa Indonesian and licensees in 15 countries. Bloomberg is the number one source of essential breaking news stories, market coverage, investigative and enterprise reporting on global financial markets and the businesses, governments and individuals that rely on them.

In addition to BusinessWeek magazine, the BusinessWeek brand encompasses the BusinessWeek.com Web site, the Business Exchange online news and information service, SmallBiz magazine and BusinessWeek Events.

About Bloomberg

Bloomberg is the world's most trusted source of information for businesses and professionals. Bloomberg combines innovative technology with unmatched analytic, data, news, display and distribution capabilities, to deliver critical information via the BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL® service and multimedia platforms.

Bloomberg's media services cover the world with more than 2,200 news and multimedia professionals at 146 bureaus in 72 countries. Five hundred media organizations subscribe to BLOOMBERG NEWS® content, which is integrated onto the BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL® service. The BLOOMBERG TELEVISION®( )24-hour network reaches more than 200 million homes. BLOOMBERG RADIO® services broadcast via XM, Sirius and WorldSpace satellite radio globally and on WBBR 1130AM in New York. The award-winning monthly BLOOMBERG MARKETS®( )magazine, the BLOOMBERG.COM® financial news and information Web site and BLOOMBERG PRESS® books provide news and insight to investors. For more information, please visit http://www.bloomberg.com.

The BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL service and data products are owned and distributed by Bloomberg Finance L.P. (BFLP) except that Bloomberg L.P. and its subsidiaries (BLP) distribute these products in Argentina, Bermuda, China, India, Japan and Korea. BLOOMBERG and BLOOMBERG NEWS are trademarks and service marks of Bloomberg Finance L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, or its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.

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