The Independent

The Independent is a British online newspaper. It was established in 1986 as a national morning printed paper. Nicknamed the Indy, it began as a broadsheet and changed to tabloid format in 2003.[4] The last printed edition was published on Saturday 26 March 2016, leaving only the online edition.[5]

The Independent
Homepage of The Independent in July 2021
TypePrint newspaper (1986–2016)
Online newspaper (2016–present)
FormatBroadsheet (1986–2003)
Tabloid (2003–2016)
Website (2016–present)
Owner(s)Evgeny Lebedev (41%)[1][2]
Sultan Muhammad Abuljadayel (30%)[1][2]
Justin Byam Shaw (26%)[2]
Minor shareholders (3%)[2]
PublisherIndependent Digital News & Media Ltd
EditorChristian Broughton
Founded7 October 1986; 34 years ago (1986-10-07)
Political alignmentLiberalism[3]
HeadquartersNorthcliffe House, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Sister newspapersThe Independent on Sunday (1990–2016)
i (2010–2013)
Online only indy100 (2013–present)
OCLC number185201487

It tends to take a pro-market stance on economic issues.[6] The newspaper was controlled by Tony O'Reilly's Irish Independent News & Media from 1997 until it was sold to the Russian oligarch and former KGB Officer Alexander Lebedev in 2010.[7] In 2017, a Saudi Arabian investor bought a 30% stake in it.[8]

In June 2015, the newspaper had an average daily circulation of just below 58,000, 85% down from its 1990 peak, while the Sunday edition had a circulation of just over 97,000.[5][9] The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. The website and mobile app have a combined monthly reach of 22,939,000.[10]