Russian businessman Alexander Lebedev, earlier this year has bought the British newspaper Evening Standard, began negotiations for the acquisition of the publishing house of the Irish Independent News & Media newspaper The Independent. This was written July 12, newspaper The Wall Street Journal, referring to unnamed sources.
According to the publication, yet unknown, whether the talks succeed or not. Nevertheless, the source noted that the Independent News & Media selling unprofitable newspapers can benefit from. In recent years, The Independent is losing readership, and can not cope with competition from other publications.
Remember that buying Lebedev Evening Standard has caused great excitement in the UK, as this newspaper was the first of the major publications sold by the Russians. Lebedev in an interview with the British media has repeatedly said he wants to make the Evening Standard loss. According to various sources, he had paid for the British edition of one pound sterling to 8.3 million. In May, Evening Standard launched a campaign in which apologized to readers for the same editorial policy.
Alexander Lebedev, the owner and several mediaaktivov in Russia. In particular, in 2008 on the basis of belonging to him "Novaya Gazeta" was registered by holding "New Media".
It should be noted that the publishing house Independent News & Media, despite the consonance of names is not relevant to the publishing house Independent Media, which publishes in Russia, "Vedomosti", Esquire, Cosmopolitan and many other popular newspapers and magazines.