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Paper looking for new investors after Dobbin bails

The next two weeks are do-or-die for The Independent.

CBC Radio has just reported that the paper is on its last legs, after majority owner Brian Dobbin pulled his financial backing from the paper.

In an interview with Jonathan Crowe of CBC, editor Ryan Cleary said the paper is now actively looking for new investors, and that Dobbin has agreed to float the operation for another two weeks. Cleary said there are several businesspeople in town who are interested in investing in the paper.

In typical bombastic style, Cleary accused Telegram salespeople of targeting the Independent's advertisers and attempting to lure them away by offering reductions of up to 40 per cent.

I fired off a quick note to Russell Wangersky, managing editor of The Telegram, to ask if this was correct. A reply came back within minutes.

"A simple answer - his claims are completely false," Wangersky said. "And if that's the quality of Cleary's reporting, that says a lot about the Independent's standard for accuracy."

More on this story later.

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  • Sarah
    July 27, 2010 - 14:53

    Ryan's comments are completely true. The Telegram constantly undercuts The Independent for advertising. I have heard from from advertiser's own mouths that the Telegram offered to give them huge discounts if they don't advertise in The Independent.

    You and Russell should both know better, after working for The Sunday Express. Or has it been so long that you've forgotten what it's like to be the little guy?