16 Facts About The Independent

1. 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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2. Competing in a moribund market, The Independent sparked a general freshening of newspaper design as well as, within a few years, a price war in the market sector.

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3. 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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4. 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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5. The Independent began publishing as a broadsheet, in a series of celebrated designs.

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

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

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9. On 23 January 2008, The Independent relaunched its online edition, www.

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

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

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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. In January 2013, The Independent was nominated for the Responsible Media of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.

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16. 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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