UK Independent Newspapers To Stop Print Publication, To Focus On Its Website And Digital Brand

One of the UK’s first newspapers, The Independent says that they will stop printing of newspapers effective from March 26 and focus on the digital aspect as readers have now embraced a ‘digital world’.

ESI Media, owners of the newspaper, said The Independent, launched in 1986, will become ‘the first national newspaper title to move to a digital-only future’.

A statement released by Russian tycoon owner Evgeny Lebedev, said:

‘At a time when our journalism is read and respected by more people in more places than ever before, we are embracing an exclusively digital future. We faced a choice: manage the continued decline of print, or convert the digital foundation we’ve built into a sustainable, profitable future. ‘In choosing the latter, we will create 25 new content roles, launch a new subscription mobile app, enhance the redesigned, thriving website, open new editorial bureaux in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and invest further in our New York US operation.’ Mr Lebedev added: ‘The newspaper industry is changing, and that change is being driven by readers. They’re showing us that the future is digital. ‘

This decision preserves the Independent brand and allows us to continue to invest in the high quality editorial content that is attracting more and more readers to our online platforms. The Independent has always been a pioneering newspaper with a track record of innovation. It has a proud heritage as Britain’s first truly independent national quality title. ‘My family bought and invested heavily in The Independent because we believe in world-class quality journalism, and this move secures the future of these vitally important editorial values.’

Magazine’s Published Article Blames This Newspaper For Alamieyeseigha’s Death

One “The Source Magazine” has lashed out a serious allegation against Premium Times.

The magazine shared a recent publication  with a Cover Story entitled: ” Alamieyeseigha: How False Story Killed Him”.

In the article, the magazine insinuated that the recent death of a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, penultimate week, was triggered by a purported story published by Premium Times that the British government made a request to the Nigerian government for the extradition of the former governor to the United Kingdom to face money laundering charges.

The magazine specifically stated: “An online portal, PREMIUM TIMES had recently rehashed its March 28, 2013 story and presented it to unsuspecting readers as fresh. A section of the traditional media also strangely keyed into the PREMIUM TIMES stale story and published it as fresh. Quoting the immediate past British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Pocock, PREMIUM TIMES had reported that the UK government was interested in extraditing Alamieyeseigha to stand trial and that a request had already been made to the federal government to that effect”.

Premium Times however denies the allegation, saying that any publication related to that issue was published in 2003.

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Wife Of Newspaper Editor Abducted

Toyin Nwosu, the wife of former Editor of Sun Newspaper, Steve Nwosu, was abducted early Monday from their home in the Okota area of Lagos State.

Mr Nwosu, who serves as an Executive Director of the newspaper, told journalists that the abductors were yet to make contact with the family as at the time of this report.

In 2012, Mr Nwosu was shot in the head by people suspected to be armed robbers. He was lucky as the bullet grazed his scalp.

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