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The Independant on Sunday Newspaper

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A Brief History of The Independent on Sunday

The Independent on Sunday is the sister paper of The Independent newspaper and is part of the Independent News & Media group owned by the Irish businessman Tony O’Reilly (the former Rugby Union player and lead shareholder of Waterford Wedgwood). It is printed on Sundays in the compact (tabloid) format and has an average daily circulation of 163,545 as of December 2008. The Independent on Sunday generally sympathises with the centre-left politically, although traditionally it has no affiliation with any political party.

The Independent on Sunday was founded on 28th January 1990 by Newspaper Publishing Ltd to provide readers of The Independent with an alternative Sunday newspaper. In addition to the main section, the first issue included the Business on Sunday tabloid newspaper supplement and the Sunday Review colour magazine.

By the mid 1990’s both Tony O’Reilly’s group and Mirror Group Newspapers had developed substantial interests in the Independent on Sunday’s parent company Newspaper Publishing. In March 1995, the company was restructured with Independent News & Media owning 43% of the shares and Mirror Group Newspapers a further 43% of the shareholding. Further refinancing followed and on 11th March 1998, Tony O’Reilly purchased a further 54% of the shares to obtain ownership of the newspaper.

The Independent on Sunday was originally a broadsheet newspaper. On 9th October 2005 the last broadsheet edition of The Independent on Sunday was printed. It switched to compact (tabloid) format on 16th October 2005 following the lead of its sister paper The Independent.

A number of high profile newspaper campaigns have been associated with the Independent on Sunday. In particular, it began a long running campaign to decriminalise cannabis in 1997. However, on 18th March 2007 the Independent on Sunday reversed its landmark campaign due to medical statistics on the use of “skunk”, a highly potent cannabis strain- 25 times more potent than resin sold a decade previously.

The Independent on Sunday was re-launched on 3rd June 2007. In common with a number of Sunday newspapers, the Independent on Sunday had developed a number of regular supplements including the Sunday Review colour magazine, the ABC (Arts, Books & Culture) magazine plus the Business & Money and The Compact Traveller newspaper sections. The Sunday Review and ABC magazines were thus merged to form The New Review magazine and the travel coverage was integrated into the main paper, whilst the Business newspaper supplement changed its name back to the Business on Sunday. However, The Compact Traveller returned as a separate section on 16th March 2008.

On 28th September 2008, the Independent on Sunday switched to full colour production for the first time in its 18 year history. The business and travel sections were integrated into the main section of the paper, whilst a new sports newspaper supplement was introduced.

On 25th March 2010, Independent Print Limited (a company owned by the Lebedev family) agreed to acquire the Independent & Independent on Sunday newspapers from Independent News & Media. The transaction is expected to be completed in May. Mr Alexander Lebedev will be a board director and his son Evgeny Lebedev will be Chairman of the new company- Evgeny Lebedev is currently Chairman of the London Evening Standard, which is also owned by the Lebedev family.

The Independent on Sunday Supplements

The Independent on Sunday developed a number of regular supplements, following the trend set by other Sunday newspapers. The “Sunday Review” and “ABC” (Arts, Books & Culture) magazines were published alongside the paper, and it also featured “Business & Money” and “The Compact Traveller” newspaper sections.

The paper was re-launched on 3rd June 2007.“The Sunday Review” and “ABC” magazines were merged to form “The New Review” magazine and travel coverage was integrated into the main newspaper. The “Business & Money” section also changed its name back to “Business on Sunday“.

On 16th March 2008, “The Compact Traveller” returned as a separate supplement. However, when the Independent on Sunday switched to full colour production later that year, the business and travel sections were integrated into the main section of the paper once again, and a new sports newspaper supplement was introduced.

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