Changes to the Independent and the IoS

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The Independent Online
THE next week will see the most far-reaching improvements in both the Independent and the Independent on Sunday since they were launched. Both newspapers will be changing their scope, but not their style or their values.

From tomorrow, the Independent on Sunday will come in three new broadsheet sections and a bigger Sunday Review. There will be a new 12-page sports section offering the finest in sports coverage and commentary. Business will be in a new broadsheet format with more authority, news and analysis than ever before. All three sections have been elegantly re-designed and for the first time will carry extensive editorial colour. The Sunday Review - much imitated but never matched - grows to 112 pages including a new restaurant column and a critical guide to the week on television.

On Tuesday, the Independent will go into two broadsheet sections; the first section will be devoted to an enlarged service of domestic news, foreign news and comment; in the second section we shall be offering more features, arts, business and sports coverage. Led by the day's major piece of extended writing, it will express and expand the paper's range of interests. The availability of substantial editorial colour will give new opportunities to the Independent's unsurpassed photographers.

The cost of these improvements is significant, which means we will have to ask you to pay a higher price for your newspapers. The Independent on Sunday moves from 90p to pounds 1 tomorrow, while on Tuesday the Independent's weekday price will go up from 45p to the Saturday price, 50p. We hope and believe that you will be prepared to pay a realistic price for our continuing commitment to quality and the continuing independence of the Independent and the Independent on Sunday.