Evgeny Lebedev, Chairman of Independent Print Ltd:
I am very proud to launch i, which will be the first quality daily paper to have launched in Britain since The Independent itself in 1986. My father and I believe that a free press is a fundamental tool of a democracy, and we believe that newspapers still have a future, and a very important one.
Independent’s Editor-in-Chief Simon Kelner:
With the launch of i, we are again doing something radical and new, creating a paper for today that retains the essential qualities of The Independent. Ever since The Independent launched, the paper has had a reputation for innovation and boldness and now we are creating the first post-modern newspaper, attractive to those who prize intelligence, convenience and desirability.
New title will go on sale nationwide on Tuesday 26 October 2010