The Independent and Independent on Sunday will no longer be available as print editions from March, the owner, Evgeny Lebedev, has announced.
ESI Media spoke of a move to a ‘digital-only future’ and said there would be some redundancies amongst editorial staff.
However, they also explained that there would be 25 new ‘digital content’ roles at the i paper.
Evgeny Lebedev is in the final stages of a deal to sell the i, the national title which launched in 2010, with the £25m proceeds to be used to focus on building the independent.co.uk website – at the expense of the newspapers.
Hundreds have taken to social media to express their upset at this issue.
Independent front pages after major events were always the ones you waited to see. They rarely disappointed. pic.twitter.com/goWounYX4d
— Rob Williams (@BobJWilliams) February 12, 2016
Anyone who cares about media plurality has to hope Independent website genuinely gets investment and journalists.
— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) February 12, 2016
So so sad to hear about closure of the Independent, a fine paper with such good people working for it. Will miss writing columns for it.
— Isabel Hardman (@IsabelHardman) February 12, 2016
Today is a very sad day for journalism.
— Matt Dathan (@matt_dathan) February 12, 2016
Very sad news that the Independent and the Indy on Sunday are to close. They were the reason I wanted to be a journalist.
— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) February 12, 2016
Wessex Scene will keep you updated as this story develops.