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Independent Media unveiled

The Independent has joined forces with BuzzFeed, Tasty, Seasoned and HuffPost to launch multi-generation network of brands under the new banner of Independent Media.

Independent Media unveiled
Christian Broughton: “Our new offering allows advertisers and partners to connect through our brands across multiple categories and multiple platforms.”

Independent Media, a new network comprising The Independent, BuzzFeed UK, HuffPost UK, Tasty UK and Seasoned, was unveiled yesterday on stage at Advertising Week Europe 2024.

Speaking to a room of advertisers and marketers, leaders from Independent Media’s news and content brands took to the stage together for the first time. They showcased why the group offers opportunities for the industry, what this means for readers and advertisers alike, and their plans for the future.

The deal between the brands was announced in March, but until now, the team has not publicly spoken about their joint aims, purpose and working together; nor announced the network’s name.

As an organisation, Independent Media — managed by The Independent, says it can reach across multiple generations, platforms and categories, linked by data-targeting opportunities. The Independent says it brings 6 million registered users and its first-party data capabilities, combining with a social media footprint that sees the brands reach more than half of all the major social media platforms, and making use of storytelling from high-profile creators to the Independent TV studios.

Speaking on stage, Christian Broughton, chief executive officer, Independent Media, said: “Professional journalism has never been more important. These renowned media brands, each with their own authentic tone and audience, perfectly compliment The Independent, and connect with different audiences in a trusted way, with purpose and shared values at their core. We ensure our audiences are respected and heard. Our new offering allows advertisers and partners to connect through our brands across multiple categories and multiple platforms.”

Cate Sevilla, editor-in-chief, HuffPost UK, added: “To have these different brands that represent different demographics and communities, and being able to provide information that can help people make those informed decisions and keep them engaged, is so important. I feel really, really passionate about that.”

Homam Ayaso, director of video, BuzzFeed, commented: “Understanding audiences is key to growing a media brand with authenticity and credibility. This is a shared value across BuzzFeed, Tasty, Seasoned, HuffPost and The Independent. The opportunities Independent Media offers are vast and hugely exciting. I know the entire team is ready to deliver great work with our creative and collaborative partners.”

Independent Media says it will harness innovation and expertise across the portfolio of brands, with new collaborations, technologies, and marketing and ecommerce opportunities. The new group will allow commercial partners to buy across the network, with combined on-site audiences that together reach half of all British consumers, added Independent Media.

The partnership aims to enable expanded commercial offerings and a broadened editorial footprint, Independent Media continued. Ecommerce, events, audio, content syndication and licensing opportunities will be supported by targeted data segments as publishers and marketers move to first-party data and away from reliance on third-party cookies.

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