The Independent

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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.[5] The last printed edition was published on Saturday 26 March 2016, leaving only the online edition.[6]

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The Independent
Homepage of The Independent in July 2021
TypePrint newspaper (1986–2016)
Online only newspaper (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
EditorGeordie Greig
Founded7 October 1986; 36 years ago (1986-10-07)
Political alignmentLiberalism[3]
Social liberalism[4]
Ceased publication26 March 2016 (print)
HeadquartersAlphabeta Building, 14–18 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1AH, London
Sister newspapersThe Independent on Sunday (1990–2016)
i (2010–2013)
Online only indy100 (2013–present)
OCLC number185201487 Edit this at Wikidata

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. Lebedev also co-owned Novaya Gazeta alongside Mikhail Gorbachev until the latter's death on 30 August 2022.[7] In 2017, Sultan Muhammad Abuljadayel bought a 30% stake in The Independent.[8]

The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. The website and mobile app had a combined monthly reach of 19,826,000 in 2021.[9] The Independent won the Brand of the Year Award in The Drum Awards for Online Media 2023.[10]