It claims to have been established in 1808 (as the Western Independent), although no copies dated earlier than 1877 now exist. At that time it was published on Wednesdays, but the day of publication switched to Sunday at least by 1960, when it was renamed The Independent. After three years from 1972 to 1975 as the Western Sunday Independent, it assumed its present title.
It’s published by Sunday Independent Ltd from their offices in Liskeard, although historically it was always based in Plymouth.
It’s changed hands several times since the 1970s, having been owned at one time or another by the Mirror Group, Iliffe and Newsquest, but since 2007 has been part of the Tindle Newspapers group – for the second time; in 1982 Sir Ray Tindle and Brian Doel (now Tindle’s managing director; at the time he was MD of Devon & Cornwall Newspapers) were both shareholders when the paper was bought from the Mirror Group.
Until mid-2013 there were three editions. However, Plymouth and Devon now have their own separate editions, replacing the old Plymouth and Devon combined edition:
- Bristol, Yeovil and Somerset
All are available as e-editions: most are by paid subscription (single-copy or term), but the Plymouth edition’s available free.
The website is a single gateway page to the e-editions, although it does also contain contact details.
- Sunday Independent Ltd
The Tindle Suite
- 01579 342174
- 01579 314851