ESI Media

ESI Media

Company Summary

Encompassing The Evening StandardThe Independent and London Live, ESI Media acts as a media platform with a strong online focus. The company focuses its news primarily on London, with The Evening Standard the company’s free title for commuters, while The Independent is its online news provider; London Live is its London-focussed entertainment channel, viewed by more than 2.7 million people each month. 

Key Facts

  • ESI Media’s cross-platform reach is more than 23 million people 

  • The company has embraced new technologies, with 75% of its UK users accessing its website on mobile 

  • ESI Media employs 1000 employees, working on news, digital, broadcast media and advertising 

ESI Media history

ESI Media was founded in 2009 when Alexander and Evgeny Lebedev, owners of The Independent, purchased the London Evening Standard, buying the Standard from Associated Newspapers. Remodelling both newspapers’ business models, the Standard was launched as free newspaper while The Independent moved its focus to online models, becoming entirely digital in 2016, with a sister website i100 launching in 2014London Live was launched in the same year as i100.

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