The Independent is to make 27 compulsory redundancies among its staff of 190. Regular casuals will be among those selected to leave. Staff at the paper were told of the job losses, which are being made in order to cut costs, at a meeting at noon.
It is understood that Independent Print Ltd – publishers of the Independent, i and Independent on Sunday – is on course to lose £11.8m this year (after losing £16.6m last time around).
The Independent is also to be revamped substantially by the autumn in order to concentrate on commentary and analysis. It will also feature long-form journalism.
The reduction in the paper’s staffing will be offset by the creation of 20 new digital jobs, of which nine will be filled fairly swiftly.