The Independent has confirmed that it is ending print production following the sale of its i newspaper.
The paper, which was launched in 1986, will print its last daily title on March 26. The last Independent on Sunday will be on 20 March.
The paper’s publishing group, ESI Media, has said that the move to a digital-only model will have no bearing on publication of sister title the Evening Standard.
The end of its print national titles follows the sale of the i newspaper to Johnston Press in a £24m deal.
“The newspaper industry is changing, and that change is being driven by readers,” owner Evgeny Lebedev.
“They’re showing us that the future is digital,” he added. “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.”
Johnston Press, which owns The Yorkshire Post and The Scotsman, will pay £2m on April 20 in cash for the i newspaper and a further £22m on completion, funded from its existing resources.
Johnston Press said that it would get the bulk of the content from independent.co.uk under licence, as well as some content from the London Evening Standard.
Only 25 people out of 150 total Independent staff will be taken on by Johnston Press: 17 journalists, two marketing employees and six from its newspaper circulation department.
Johnston Press has confirmed that Oliver Duff will remain as editor of the i newspaper.