20 Facts About The Independent


The Independent attracted some of the staff from the two Murdoch broadsheets who had chosen not to move to his company's new headquarters.

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The Independent News spent heavily to increase circulation, and the paper went through several redesigns.

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In January 2012, Chris Blackhurst, editor of The Independent, told the Leveson inquiry that the scandal had "severely damaged" the newspaper's reputation.

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The Independent nevertheless told the inquiry that Hari would return as a columnist in "four to five weeks".

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In March 2016 The Independent decided to close its print edition and become an online newspaper; the last printed edition was published on Saturday 26 March 2016.

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The Independent began publishing as a broadsheet, in a series of celebrated designs.

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On 14 May 2004, The Independent produced its last weekday broadsheet, having stopped producing a Saturday broadsheet edition in January.

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On 12 April 2005, The Independent redesigned its layout to a more European feel, similar to France's Liberation.

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From 26 October 2010, the same day as its sister paper, i, was launched, The Independent was printed on slightly thicker paper than before and ceased to be full-colour throughout, with many photographs and pictures being printed in black and white only.

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On 11 October 2011, The Independent unveiled yet another new look, featuring a red, sans-serif masthead.

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In 2014, The Independent launched a sister website, i100, a "shareable" journalism site with similarities to Reddit and Upworthy.

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The Independent is generally described as centre to centre-left, liberal and liberal-left.

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However, The Independent tends to take a liberal, pro-market stance on economic issues.

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The Independent criticised Blair's comments the following day but later changed format to include a "Viewspaper" insert in the centre of the regular newspaper, designed to feature most of the opinion columns and arts reviews.

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On 4 May 2015, the weekday version of The Independent said that a continuation of the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition after the general election would be a positive outcome.

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The Independent supported U2 lead singer Bono's Product RED brand by creating The The Independent, an occasional edition that gave half the day's proceeds to the charity.

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September 2006 edition of The The Independent, designed by fashion designer Giorgio Armani, drew controversy due to its cover shot, showing model Kate Moss in blackface for an article about AIDS in Africa.

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The Independent journalists have won a range of British Press Awards, including:.

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In January 2013, The Independent was nominated for the Responsible Media of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.

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The Independent is regularly referenced in the Apple TV+ comedy Ted Lasso as the employer of recurring character Trent Crimm, a skeptical reporter who is very critical of Ted's coaching but touched by his compassion.

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