As last edition of Independent newspaper is published, owner says future will be "global, digital - and profitable"

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The last print edition of The Independent was published today (Source: Getty)

The final edition of The Independent newspaper came out today.

And owner Evgeny Lebedev described the future of the title as "global, digital - and profitable".

The last edition of The Independent featured a nearly-blank cover stating: "Stop press".

Read more: Indy to close as Johnston confirms £24m acquisition of the i

The decision to close The Independent and Independent on Sunday - which ceased to exist last weekend - followed the sale of their cut-price sister title the i to Johnston Press.

Commenting on the closure, Lebedev said: "This is the most exciting time in the history of journalism. New tools, new markets, new business models and new audiences are consuming volumes of information once unimaginable. Digital technology makes reaching them easier than ever.

"Maintaining world-class standards and high-quality values is the hard part. But it can be done. That’s the context in which The Independent is becoming global, digital – and profitable."

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