UK National Newspaper to Cease Print Production and Go Online Only

Independent UK goes digital
In a move that could in the years to come, be seen as a watershed moment in print history, the owners of the UK’s Independent and Sunday Independent newspapers have announced that both national publications will be published in digital format only from next month.

The decision comes with both publications seeing falling sales of the printed versions, whilst their online counterparts have seen audience growth, claiming up to 70 million global unique users over the last year. The independent’s online news offerings are also reported to be amongst the few such sites to actually be profitable.

Evgeny Lebedev, owner of The Independent, said: “The newspaper industry is changing, and that change is being driven by readers. They’re showing us that the future is digital. This decision preserves the Independent brand and allows us to continue to invest in the high-quality editorial content that is attracting more and more readers to our online platforms. “

The presses at the 30 year old newspaper will fall silent in mid-March with loss of up to 75 jobs, although the company expect to create 25 new positions related to digital content.