I was genuinely saddened to hear the news today that the Independent newspaper will cease print editions.
The last edition of the Independent will be published on Saturday 26 March, and the last Independent on Sunday on 20 March.
When announcing its “digital-only” move, the newspaper’s owners say they expect some editorial redundancies. I’m particularly saddened to hear this as I’ve always found the Independent journalists to be exemplary professionals, truly interested in the big issues, treating stories with real insight and in many cases, sensitivity.
I’m (just) old enough to remember its launch and hope it goes on trailblazing and reporting online in the same way it has done in print since the 1980s.
By BBC media correspondent David Sillito It's easy to forget how groundbreaking the Independent was when it launched. It looked strikingly modern, it came with none of the partisan baggage of 1980s politics and in an era of bitter industrial disputes that blighted rivals such as the Times, it carved out a large readership. At its peak sales hit around 428,000 copies a day. Twenty-five years later, the number of copies being sold on a weekday in newsagents is rather closer to 28,000. This is an announcement that has been long awaited. The problem about switching to digital is that the big British print newspapers bring in revenues in hundreds of millions of pounds while even the best digital products make only tens of millions. The long decline in print readership has led to many declarations that print will be dead in a few years' time, but until a way is found to make more money out of digital, they will hang on to their print readers to the very end.