‘Scale with great context’: The Independent eyes global expansion

Digiday 26 Oct 2020 04:01
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October 26, 2020 by Lara O'Reilly

As the coronavirus crisis ravaged the media sector in 2020, publishers still in growth mode are the exception to the rule. The latest rare example: U.K. news title The Independent is embarking on a major global expansion push after ringing in “double-digit” revenue growth for its most recent financial year, which ended this September.

The news title, which dropped its print newspaper and became an online-only operation in 2016, has begun hiring journalists to staff a Los Angeles bureau, which will take its U.S. staff up to around 40 in total. The company is also growing its editorial team in Delhi, has plans to hire in Mumbai and is in the preliminary stages of assessing a move into China. Bloomberg earlier reported The Independent’s India and China plans. Overall, The Independent employs more than 200 people around the world — most of which are journalists — and the company anticipates headcount will grow a further 20-25% across its editorial, commercial and regional teams by the end of this year.

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