Independent editor, Christian Broughton, will lead the team which will also include Robert Fisk, Hamish McRae, Patrick Cockburn and Janet Street-Porter.
Following the closure of the newspaper’s print edition, and widespread redundancies, around 40 journalists from the print arm have moved over to the new digital team which now has over 90 staff and is expected to grow further throughout the year with additional hires.
Other confirmed names for the digital Independent team include: Kim Sengupta, Grace Dent, Simon Calder, Mark Ogden, Emily Dugan, John Rentoul, Hannah Fearn, Andrew Grice and Mary Dejevsky.
On top of the new editorial team, the Independent is also pressing forward with its global expansion and has created new foreign correspondent roles in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, in addition to those already existing in those markets and the US.
Discussing the editorial changes, editor Christian Broughton, said: “The Independent has always had a pioneering spirit, and we are off to a brilliant start in our digital-only era. This phase of our significant expansion is not over yet, and as we continue to build the team, our intelligent, internationalist and innovative take on news will only get stronger for readers in the UK and around the world.”
ESI Media’s chief digital revenue officer, Scott Deutrom, added: “We are meeting and exceeding the needs of our commercial partners, who increasingly want engagement with consumers via digital channels. Our business is now optimised to answer these requirements with our digital reach growing by the day. Our commercial team is fully focussed on helping advertisers engage with our smart, affluent and digital-first audience, mixing innovative creative and native solutions via any channel that they wish to trade by.”
ESI Media maintains that the Independent’s digital only strategy is already paying off with subscribers to its app, The Independent Daily Edition, exceeding those of the former print edition by more than 50%.