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The Independent

The Independent
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Front page of The Independent dated 10 August 2016
Type Daily newspaper
Format Compact
Owner(s) Alexander Lebedev
Evgeny Lebedev
Publisher Independent Print Limited
Editor Amol Rajan
Founded October 7, 1986; 30 years ago (1986-10-07)
Headquarters Northcliffe House
City London
Country United Kingdom
Circulation 57,930, Monday to Saturday; 97,218 Sunday (June 2015)
Sister newspapers The Independent on Sunday
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ISSN 0951-9467
OCLC number 185201487
Website www.independent.co.uk
The Independent on Sunday
Type Sunday newspaper
Editor Lisa Markwell
Circulation 155,661
ISSN 0958-1723
OCLC number 500339994

The Independent is a British online newspaper. Established in 1986 as an independent national morning newspaper published in London, it was controlled by Tony O'Reilly's Independent News & Media from 1997 until it was sold to Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev in 2010. Since March 2016, it is no longer printed, but is available for readers online.

Nicknamed the Indy, it began as a broadsheet newspaper, but changed to tabloid (compact) format in 2003. Regarded as coming from the centre-left on culture and politics, it tends to take a pro-market stance on economic issues. Until September 2011, the paper described itself on the banner at the top of every newspaper as "free from party political bias, free from proprietorial influence."

The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. The current editor, Amol Rajan, was appointed in June 2013.

In June 2015, it had an average daily circulation of just below 58,000, 85 per cent down from its 1990 peak, with the Sunday edition having a circulation of just over 97,000. On 12 February 2016, it was announced that The Independent and its sister Sunday title would become digital-only. The last print edition of The Independent on Sunday was published on 20 March 2016, with the main paper ceasing print publication the following Saturday.

Launched in 1986, the first issue of The Independent was published on 7 October in broadsheet format. It was produced by Newspaper Publishing plc and created by Andreas Whittam Smith, Stephen Glover and Matthew Symonds. All three partners were former journalists at The Daily Telegraph who had left the paper towards the end of Lord Hartwell's ownership. Marcus Sieff was the first chairman of Newspaper Publishing, and Whittam Smith took control of the paper.



1986: Andreas Whittam Smith
1994: Ian Hargreaves
1995: Charles Wilson
1996: Andrew Marr
1998: Rosie Boycott
1998: Andrew Marr and Rosie Boycott
1998: Simon Kelner
2008: Roger Alton
2010: Simon Kelner
2011: Chris Blackhurst
2013: Amol Rajan
1990: Stephen Glover
1991: Ian Jack
1995: Peter Wilby
1996: Rosie Boycott
1998: Kim Fletcher
1999: Janet Street-Porter
2002: Tristan Davies
2008: John Mullin
2013: Lisa Markwell
  • "Monday Sport": A weekly pull-out containing reports of the previous weekend's sporting events.
  • "Saturday Sport": A weekly pull-out containing reports looking ahead to the weekend's sporting events.
  • "Radar": A compact, primarily listings magazine, including television schedules, film and DVD reviews and events listings for the coming week. It also includes a round-up of the "50 best" items in a particular category. For example, over the Christmas period there are weekly supplements of "Gifts for him" and "Gifts for her".
  • "Traveller": Contains travel articles and advertisements.
  • "The Independent Magazine": A features magazine including sections on food, interiors and fashion.
  • "Sport": A weekly pull-out containing reports of Saturday's sporting events.
  • "The New Review": A features magazine.
  • "Arts & Books": A culture supplement.
  • "Rainbow List" An annually-updated list, first published in 2000, then as the "Pink List", of the most famous and influential people who have declared themselves lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
  • "Business & Finance Journalist of the Year": Michael Harrison, 2000; Hamish McRae, 2005; Stephen Foley, 2008
  • "Cartoonist of the Year": Dave Brown, 2012
  • "Columnist of the Year": Robert Chalmers (Independent on Sunday), 2004; Mark Steel, 2014
  • "Foreign Reporter of the Year": Patrick Cockburn, 2014
  • "Interviewer of the Year": Mathew Norman, 2007; Deborah Ross, 2011
  • "Political Journalist of the Year": Francis Elliott (Independent on Sunday), 2005
  • "Specialist Journalist of the Year": Michael McCarthy, 2000; Jeremy Laurance, 2011
  • "Sports Journalist of the Year": James Lawton, 2010
  • "Young Journalist of the Year": Johann Hari, 2002; Ed Caesar, 2006
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