The Independent is a British online newspaper. Established in 1986 as a politically independent national morning newspaper published in London, it was controlled by Tony O'Reilly's Independent News & Media from 1997 until it was sold to Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev in 2010; the last printed edition of The Independent was published on Saturday 26 March 2016, leaving only its digital editions. Nicknamed the Indy, it began as a broadsheet, but changed to tabloid format in 2003; until September 2011, the paper described itself on the banner at the top of every newspaper as "free from party political bias, free from proprietorial influence". It tends to take a pro-market stance on economic issues; the daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. In June 2015, it had an average daily circulation of just below 58,000, 85 per cent down from its 1990 peak, while the Sunday edition had a circulation of just over 97,000. Launched in 1986, the first issue of The Independent was published on 7 October in broadsheet format.
It was produced by Newspaper Publishing plc and created by Andreas Whittam Smith, Stephen Glover and Matthew Symonds. All three partners were former journalists at The Daily Telegraph who had left the paper towards the end of Lord Hartwell's ownership. Marcus Sieff was the first chairman of Newspaper Publishing, Whittam Smith took control of the paper; the paper was created at a time of a fundamental change in British newspaper publishing. Rupert Murdoch was challenging long-accepted practices of the print unions and defeated them in the Wapping dispute. Production costs could be reduced which, it was said at the time, created openings for more competition; as a result of controversy around Murdoch's move to Wapping, the plant was having to function under siege from sacked print workers picketing outside. The Independent attracted some of the staff from the two Murdoch broadsheets who had chosen not to move to his company's new headquarters. Launched with the advertising slogan "It is. Are you?", challenging both The Guardian for centre-left readers and The Times as the newspaper of record, The Independent reached a circulation of over 400,000 by 1989.
Competing in a moribund market, The Independent sparked a general freshening of newspaper design as well as, within a few years, a price war in the market sector. When The Independent launched The Independent on Sunday in 1990, sales were less than anticipated due to the launch of the Sunday Correspondent four months prior, although this direct rival closed at the end of November 1990; some aspects of production merged with the main paper, although the Sunday paper retained a distinct editorial staff. In the 1990s, The Independent was faced with price cutting by the Murdoch titles, started an advertising campaign accusing The Times and The Daily Telegraph of reflecting the views of their proprietors, Rupert Murdoch and Conrad Black, it featured spoofs of the other papers' mastheads with the words The Rupert Murdoch or The Conrad Black, with The Independent below the main title. Newspaper Publishing had financial problems. A number of other media companies were interested in the paper. Tony O'Reilly's media group and Mirror Group Newspapers had bought a stake of about a third each by mid-1994.
In March 1995, Newspaper Publishing was restructured with a rights issue, splitting the shareholding into O'Reilly's Independent News & Media, MGN, Prisa. In April 1996, there was another refinancing, in March 1998, O'Reilly bought the other shares of the company for £30 million, assumed the company's debt. Brendan Hopkins headed Independent News, Andrew Marr was appointed editor of The Independent, Rosie Boycott became editor of The Independent on Sunday. Marr introduced a dramatic if short-lived redesign which won critical favour but was a commercial failure as a result of a limited promotional budget. Marr admitted his changes had been a mistake in My Trade. Boycott left in April 1998 to join the Daily Express, Marr left in May 1998 becoming the BBC's political editor. Simon Kelner was appointed as the editor. By this time the circulation had fallen below 200,000. Independent News spent to increase circulation, the paper went through several redesigns. While circulation increased, it did not approach the level, achieved in 1989, or restore profitability.
Job cuts and financial controls reduced the quality of the product. Ivan Fallon, on the board since 1995 and a key figure at The Sunday Times, replaced Hopkins as head of Independent News & Media in July 2002. By mid-2004, the newspaper was losing £5 million per year. A gradual improvement meant. In November 2008, following further staff cuts, production was moved to Northcliffe House, in Kensington High Street, the headquarters of Associated Newspapers; the two newspaper groups' editorial and commercial operations remained separate, but they shared services including security, information technology and payroll. On 25 March 2010, Independent News & Media sold the newspaper to Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev for a nominal £1 fee and £9.25m over the next 10 months, choosing this option over closing The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, which would have cost £28m and £40m due to long-term contracts. In 2009, Lebedev had bought a controlling stake in the London Evening Standard. Two weeks editor Roger Alton resigned.
In July 2011, The Independent's columnist Johann Hari was stripped of the Orwell Prize he had won in 2008 after claims, to which Hari admitted, of plagiarism and inaccuracy. In January 2012, Chris Blackhurst
Bury Grammar School
Bury Grammar School Boys is an independent' day school in Bury, Greater Manchester, that has existed since c.1570. It is now part of a group of schools for preschool, junior and sixth form studies; the headmaster of the boys' school since 2017 has been Devin Cassidy. The headmaster is a member of the HMC; the current school fees are £ 7.758 p.a. in the junior school. There is evidence that a grammar school attached to Bury Parish Church existed as early as 1570 but the school was well-established by 1634 with Henry Dunster as its fourth recorded headmaster. Former headmaster, Rev'd Henry Bury, by "aged eighty nine yeares or thereabout", wrote his will in that year. In it, he not only left the sum of twenty shillings to Dunster but an endowment of £300 to the "ffree school" at Bury "for and towards the yearlie mentayninge of a school maister there, for to teach their children." Rev'd Roger Kay had gained his BA in 1688, his MA in 1691 and had become a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. He later became Rector of Fittleton in Wiltshire and was a prebendary of Salisbury until his death.
In 1726, he left money in his will to support the library at St John's College, but a substantial part of his estate to re-founding his alma mater in his home town of Bury. The building in which Kay's newly re-founded school educated the boys of Bury still stands today, known as the Blackburn Hall, in the Wylde behind the Parish Church; the school outgrew its premises and, in 1903, the boys moved into the completed half of a new building on Tenterden Street, with playing fields across Bridge Road. The new buildings, of Accrington brick, were designed in a simple Neo-Renaissance style by William Venn Gough.(The playing fields were a bone of contention from the first. One writer noted in an early edition of "The Clavian" that the young folks of Bury refused to recognize our right to the ground; the boys were soon joined by the girls of the Bury Girls' High School, newly re-founded as Bury Grammar School for Girls. The two schools, whilst remaining separate entities, shared the same building until the erection of a more modern facility for the boys across Bridge Road in the 1960s.
This new boys' school was built on the playing fields, so the Governors purchased c.13.8 hectares of land at Buckley Wells for new playing fields. When a new courthouse was completed on Tenters Street, the Magistrates' Court and County Court vacated their former building on Tenterden Street; the Prep Department of the boys' school moved across the road from the 1960s building into the refurbished old courthouse. The school was a direct grant grammar school from 1944 until the abolition of the direct grant system in 1976, when it became independent once again; the school celebrated the 250th anniversary of its re-founding by Roger Kay with a visit from Prince Philip on 19 November 1976. Bury Grammar Schools celebrate their Founders' Day on the Friday closest to 6 May, the date on which Roger Kay specified the Trustees should meet annually to inspect the schools; the Eucharist is celebrated in the Parish Church and in the morning, a procession leads from the school through the main streets of Bury to the Parish Church, led by the Combined Cadet Force.
Since the CCF is attached to the Lancashire Fusiliers, a regiment with the Freedom of the Borough, the cadets are permitted to march with "swords drawn, drums beating and colours flying". After a commemoration service, the pupils are awarded a half-holiday. Services for younger pupils are held in the boys' school hall, the boys' preparatory school and the Roger Kay Hall; the school's crest dates from c.1840. It depicts a swan holding a key in its beak, under, the motto in Latin: sanctas clavis fores aperit. Both are considered to have been created by Rev'd Henry Crewe Boutflower, headmaster 1823–58; the swan was used by Duke of Berry in the manuscripts known as the Très Riches Heures. Berry may have been an ancestor of Henry Bury, but was more chosen due to the similarity in their names, whilst the key is believed to be a play on the name of the re-founder, Roger Kay. In a letter to the editor in the first edition of the Bury Grammar School Magazine of September 1881, a correspondent asked: Will you kindly inform me what creature owns the head that figures as the school crest?
Is it an ostrich, snake, or do you think it is a mythical bird? Can you tell me why it was adopted as the school crest? Yours, PUZZLED The following edition carried a reply: In answer to the query of Puzzled in your last issue, I may state, that I have it on the authority of a celebrated local ornithologist that the creature with the key between its teeth is a faithful representation of the head and part of the neck of the once famous Irwell Duck; this rara avis, which in days gone by was found on the banks of that clear and crystal stream from which it takes its name, was celebrated for its pilfering habits. The engraving represents the identical duck, which, it is supposed, abstracted the key from the lock of the Sacred Door. So struck were the as
Martin Barry Kelner is a British journalist, comedian, singer and radio presenter. Kelner dropped out, he was employed as a reporter on the Western Daily Press for the Oxford Mail. He joined the Central Office of Information, for whom he worked in Bristol, South London and in Birmingham. Martin Kelner moved to Radio Hallam in Sheffield to begin his career in radio, he started reading the breakfast show news before moving on to his own late night show. He spent a brief spell at London's LBC and Manchester's Piccadilly Radio, before moving to Leeds in 1981 and the fledgling Radio Aire, he left Radio Aire in late 1982, worked for Yorkshire TV for a time on a programme called Calendar It's The Weekend. He was a co-presenter on BBC Breakfast. Other television excursions for Kelner include a daytime quiz show and Pick of the Week, his daughter, won the 2013 Young Sportswriter Award, is a regular pundit on BBC Radio 5 Live's Fighting Talk. His younger brother is editor Simon Kelner. In 1984 Kelner joined the BBC.
He presented the weekday early show on BBC Radio 2 in September and October 1984, presented his own Saturday night show on the same station from 6 July 1985 until 24 March 1990 returning to the early show for two stints during 1985. He fronted his own Saturday afternoon show on Radio 2 from 1 October 1994 to 23 March 1996, he did many stand-ins for regular presenters on the network, peaking in the mid-1990s when he deputised for Sarah Kennedy on the weekday early show and sat in for Ken Bruce and John Dunn. He presented editions of the Radio 2 Arts Programme from the north of England, a programme called Let It Be... Please! Featuring bad or embarrassing cover versions of the Beatles' songs, he fell out of favour at the national station, presenting his last Radio 2 show sitting in for Sarah Kennedy on 29 November 1996. At the same time as he was on Radio 2, he was presenting a local radio late night show broadcast from the Radio Leeds studios and broadcast across the BBC Night Network in the north, on which he first gave airtime to radio comedy sketches from Caroline Aherne.
She portrayed the Mrs Merton character on his radio show ad-libbing conversations with Kelner for around eight years. He introduced Aherne into network broadcasting on Radio Two and the original BBC Radio Five, where he presented the programme Five Aside for the station's opening months in 1990, he returned to Manchester to present the breakfast show on 100.4 Jazz FM, where he introduced another great comic talent to the public in the shape of Jake Yapp's Dora Dale, with whom Martin produced the hit BBC7 comedy show, Pleased To Meet You. This show was nominated for a Sony National Radio Award on 28 March 2007 in the category of Best Comedy Programme; until October 2006, Kelner presented the Friday and Saturday late show at the weekends on BBC Radio Humberside, BBC Radio York, BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio Sheffield. Other stations he has worked for include BBC Thames Valley FM, BBC Radio Cleveland, Pennine Radio, BBC Radio 5 Live, TalkSport, BBC7, BBC Radio Manchester, Real Radio Yorkshire and Mansfield 103.2 FM.
From 2006 until 2010 he presented his own podcast, the Piss Poor Podcast, accompanied for the most part by Edouard Lapaglie. He appears on BBC Radio 5 Live as a regular panellist on Fighting Talk, has contributed to Chart The Week on Richard Bacon's programme, his most regular radio slot had been the BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast Show which he co-presented Monday to Thursday from 6:30am to 9:00am, but he was reassigned to the lunchtime slot in November 2012. Due to a change in direction of the station, Kelner left Radio Leeds again, presenting his last show on 18 March 2016. In 2 February 2018, Kelner joined the national speech station talkRADIO to host weekend morning from 1am to 5am. Kelner's journalism includes a weekly column for The Guardian, "Screen Break", which took a lighthearted look at the world of sport on TV, a fortnightly column about radio. "Screen Break" finished on 31 December 2012. He writes occasional travel pieces for The Mail on Sunday, has written for The Independent, of which his brother Simon Kelner was executive editor.
Kelner began writing for the Racing Post at the beginning of 2013. Other publications he has written for include GQ, Men's Health, Later, RCME, The Observer, Landrover Owner magazine, You magazine, Public Servant, the local and national government journal, he has contributed to the YouGov website, wrote television previews for the Daily Mail around 1994/95. He has posted humorous product reviews on Amazon, his first book, about the outer suburbs of show business, was called When Will I Be Famous?. His second book, Sit Down and Cheer, looked at the history of sport on British television. In the summer of 2013, Kelner was diagnosed with fibromatosis, he was treated at the hospital's intensive treatment unit for a week, returned to his home in Wakefield for further recovery. In his blog, Kelner noted that it would be early 2014 until he could "return to professional life", he resumed his column in The Racing Post and BBC Radio 5 Live announced his return to Fighting Talk on 2 November. By mid-January he had resumed his lunchtime programme on BBC Radio Leeds.
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Rosie Boycott, Baroness Boycott
Rosel Marie "Rosie" Boycott, Baroness Boycott is a British journalist and feminist. The daughter of Major Charles Boycott and Betty Le Sueur Boycott, Rosel Marie "Rosie" Boycott was born in Saint Helier, Jersey, she was educated at the independent Cheltenham Ladies' College and read mathematics at the University of Kent. Boycott worked for a year or so with Frendz radical magazine and in 1972, she co-founded the feminist magazine Spare Rib with Marsha Rowe. Both women became directors of Virago Press, a publishing concern committed to women's writing, with Carmen Callil, who had founded the company in 1973. From 1992 to 1996, she was editor of the UK edition of men's magazine Esquire, she headed both The Independent and its sister publication the Independent on Sunday. While editing The Independent on Sunday in 1997, she campaigned for the decriminalisation of cannabis use by individuals, earning her the nickname "Rizla Rosie", she addressed the Decriminalise Cannabis rally in London's Trafalgar Square on 28 March 1998.
She edited the Daily Express, leaving soon after the newspaper was bought by Richard Desmond, who replaced her with Chris Williams. Boycott is the travel editor for The Oldie magazine and hosts The Oldie Travel Awards each year. Boycott has presented the BBC Radio 4 programme A Good Read, she has sat on judging panels for literary awards, including chairing the panel responsible for choosing the 2001 Orange Prize for Fiction. She is a media advisor for the Council of Europe. Boycott is a trustee of the Hay Festival in Cartagena, Colombia. In March 2002, she denounced the New Labour government as "more reminiscent of a dictatorship than a free healthy democratic system", announced her support for the Liberal Democrats, she was rumoured to have considered becoming a Parliamentary candidate. Boycott made several appearances on Newsnight Review and other cultural and current affairs programmes, where the fact that she is a recovering alcoholic was discussed, she started drinking again after losing her job at the Express.
She was banned from driving for three years in September 2003 after crashing on the A303 in Wiltshire, injuring another driver. She was cut free from the wreckage. A court was told she had been caught drink driving the day before. Since her accident, Boycott has been running a farm in Somerset, she campaigned in the 2002 BBC programme to find the greatest Briton. On 5 August 2008, she was appointed as the chairman of London Food as part of Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson's attempt to help improve Londoners’ access to healthy, locally produced and affordable food. In September 2007, Boycott appeared in the third series of Hell's Kitchen, was the first contestant to be voted off. In June 2009 she appeared on Celebrity MasterChef; the same month she was one of five volunteers who took part in a BBC series of three programmes Famous and Homeless about living penniless on the streets of London. In June 2018, Boycott was nominated for a life peerage by the House of Lords Appointments Commission, she was created Baroness Boycott, of Whitefield in the County of Somerset, on 9 July.
Boycott is a supporter of the Women's Equality Party. Batty Bloomers and Boycott: A Little Etymology of Eponymous Words, New York: Peter Bedrick Books, 1983, ISBN 0-911745-12-2 The Fastest Diet, London: Sphere, 1984. ISBN 0-7221-1960-7 A Nice Girl Like Me: A Story of the Seventies, 1988, ISBN 0-330-30103-9 All for Love, London: Fontana, 1989, ISBN 0-00-617698-4 Our Farm: A Year in the Life of a Smallholding, London: Bloomsbury, 2007, ISBN 0-7475-8897-X "Sisterhood Revisited", Open Democracy public meeting at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, 7 March 2002 Rosie Boycott at Friends Magazine Rosie Outlook Rosie's Hell's Kitchen profile The Oldie magazine Knight Ayton Management page
Andrew William Stevenson Marr is a British political commentator and television presenter. Beginning his career as a political commentator, he subsequently edited The Independent newspaper, was political editor of BBC News, he began hosting a political programme—Sunday AM, now called The Andrew Marr Show—on Sunday mornings on BBC One from September 2005. In 2002, Marr took over as host of BBC Radio 4's long-running Start the Week Monday morning discussion programme. In 2007, he presented a political history of post-war Britain on BBC Two, Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain, followed by a prequel in 2009, Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain, focusing on the period between 1901 and 1945. In 2010, he presented a series, Andrew Marr's Megacities, examining the life and challenges of some of the largest cities in the world. In early 2012 he presented The Diamond Queen, a three-part series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. In late September 2012, Marr began presenting Andrew Marr's History of the World, a new series examining the history of human civilisation.
Following a stroke in January 2013, Marr was in hospital for two months. He returned to presenting The Andrew Marr Show on 1 September 2013. Marr was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Donald Marr, an investment trust manager, his wife Valerie. Regarding his upbringing, he has said: "My family are religious and go to church... nd I went to church as a boy". Marr was educated in Scotland at Craigflower Preparatory School, the independent High School of Dundee, he went to read English at Trinity Hall, graduating with a first class honours degree. Regarding his political affiliations, he was a Maoist and a member of the Socialist Campaign for a Labour Victory, an offshoot of the International-Communist League, now known as the Alliance for Workers' Liberty. At Cambridge, Marr says he was a "raving leftie" who handed out copies of Mao's Little Red Book and he acquired the nickname Red Andy. Marr joined The Scotsman as a trainee and junior business reporter in 1981. In 1984, he moved to London where he became a parliamentary correspondent for the newspaper, a political correspondent in 1986.
Marr met the political journalist Anthony Bevins, who became his close friend. Bevins was responsible for Marr's first appointment at The Independent as a member of the newspaper's launch staff in 1986. Marr left shortly afterwards, joined The Economist, where he contributed to the weekly "Bagehot" political column and became the magazine's political editor in 1988. Marr has remarked that his time at The Economist "changed me quite a lot" and "made me question a lot of my assumptions". Marr returned to The Independent as the newspaper's political editor in 1992, became its editor in 1996 during a turbulent time at the paper. Faced with price cutting by the Murdoch-owned Times, sales had begun to decline, Marr made two attempts to arrest the slide, he made use of bold'poster-style' front pages, in 1996 radically re-designed the paper along a mainland European model, with Gill Sans headline fonts, stories being grouped together by subject matter, rather than according to strict news value. This tinkering proved disastrous.
With a limited advertising budget, the re-launch struggled for attention was mocked for reinterpreting its original marketing slogan'It Is – Are You' to read'It's changed – have you?'. At the beginning of 1998, Marr was sacked, according to one version of events, for having refused to reduce the newspaper's production staff to just five subeditors. According to Nick Cohen's account, the sacking was due to the intervention of Alastair Campbell, director of communications for Tony Blair. Campbell had demanded that David Montgomery, the paper's publisher, fire Marr over an article in which he had compared Blair with his predecessor John Major; this article had followed an earlier one by Blair published in The Sun, in which Blair had written: "On the day we remember the legend that St George slayed a dragon to protect England, some will argue that there is another dragon to be slayed: Europe." Marr's response asserted that Blair had spoken in bad faith, opportunistically championing Europe to pro-EU audiences while criticising it to anti-EU ones.
Three months Marr returned to The Independent. Tony O'Reilly had bought out owners, the Mirror Group. O'Reilly, who had a high regard for Marr, asked him to collaborate as co-editor with Rosie Boycott, in an arrangement whereby Marr would edit the comment pages, Boycott would have overall control of the news pages. Many pundits predicted the arrangement would not last and two months Boycott left to replace Richard Addis as editor of the Daily Express. Marr was sole editor only for one week. Simon Kelner, who had worked on the paper when it was first launched, accepted the editorship and asked Marr to stay on as a political columnist. Kelner was not Marr's "cup of tea", Marr observed and he left the paper for the last time in May 1998. Marr was a columnist for the Daily Express and The Observer. Marr presented a three-part television series shown on BBC Two from 31 January to 2 February 2000 after Newsnight. A state-of-the-nation reflection, The Day Britain Died had an accompanying book. Among Marr's other publications is My Trade: A Short History of British Journalism
Tristan Davies is a British newspaper executive and former newspaper editor. Davies studied at the University of Bristol trained in radio journalism, but took employment for a London newspaper, he joined The Independent in 1986, soon after its launch. He worked on the listings section took various posts in arts and features, he left in the mid-1990s, to spend two years working on the Mail on Sunday's Day magazine. Davies returned to The Independent in 1998, became editor of the Independent on Sunday in 2001. In 2005, he oversaw a change in format from broadsheet to tabloid, while in June 2007, he oversaw a major redesign, which saw the paper reduced to a single section, plus a magazine, he remained editor until January 2008, becoming the longest-serving editor of the Independent on Sunday. The Guardian suggested that he had resigned as he was unhappy with budget cuts imposed on the newspaper. In February 2008, Davies became Executive Editor of the Sunday Times with special responsibility for design, was launch editor of the paper’s website and digital editions.
Davies rejoined the Mail on Sunday Assistant Editor in 2012, was appointed Deputy Editor in August 2016
Alexander Yevgenievich Lebedev is a Russian businessman, referred to as one of the Russian oligarchs. In early 2008, he was one of the golden 100 top Russian billionaires listed as the 39th richest Russian worth an estimated US$3.1 billion by Forbes magazine, but by October 2008 he was worth only $300 million. In March 2012, he was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the richest Russians with an estimated fortune of US$1.1 billion. His fortune has since declined, he is no longer considered to be a billionaire, he is part owner of the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and owner of two UK newspapers with son Evgeny Lebedev: the London Evening Standard and The Independent. Alexander Lebedev was born in Moscow, his parents were part of the Moscow intelligentsia. His father, Yevgeny Nikolaevich Lebedev, was an elite athlete–a member of the Soviet national water polo team, a professor at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow's highest technical school. After graduating from Moscow Pedagogic Institute, Alexander's mother, Maria Sergeyevna, worked in a rural Sakhalin school and taught English in a Moscow tertiary school.
In 1977, Alexander Lebedev entered the Department of Economics at Moscow State Institute of International Relations. After he graduated in 1982, Lebedev started work at the Institute of Economics of the World Socialist System doing research for his Kandidat dissertation, The problems of debt and the challenges of globalization, he transferred to the First Chief Directorate of KGB. According to The Sunday Times, as a KGB spy, he was based at the Russian embassy in London during the 1980s, he worked for the KGB's successor, the Foreign Intelligence Service, until 1992. Lebedev had the diplomatic cover of an economics attaché. According to his personal website, Lebedev's assignments included fighting capital flight from the Russian Federation. Upon leaving the Russian intelligence community, Lebedev set up his first company, the Russian Investment-Finance Company. In 1995 this bought the National Reserve Bank, a small Russian bank, in trouble at the time; the bank subsequently grew to become one of Russia's largest banks.
It and the Alfa-Bank were the only two out of the ten biggest Russian banks to survive the 1998 Russian financial crisis. Among the bank's assets are: 11% of the main Russian national airline Aeroflot 44% of the Ilyushin Finance Co, that owns a significant share of Russian aircraft-building industry significant parts of Sberbank, Gazprom, RAO UESThe bank is the core of the group of companies holding National Reserve Corporation, that according to Lebedev's personal site owns around US$2 billion of assets. In March 2006, Forbes estimates Lebedev's fortune as high as US$3.5 billion, but as of July 2013 he dropped out of the billionaires list and is no longer considered to be a billionaire. The National Reserve Corporation included the National Land Company, National Housing Corporation, National Mortgage Company, as well as interests in textiles, telecommunications and trolleybuses, electrical power and tourist industries owning a large hotel network in Crimea and plan to create the National Reserve Park that will manage diverse tourist enterprises in Russia and France.
Lebedev used to own the Moskovski Korrespondent, but according to Channel 4's Dispatches programme, Lebedev closed it down "for political reasons after it published a spurious article about Vladimir Putin having an affair with an Olympic gymnast half his age". On 21 January 2009, Lebedev and his company Evening Press Corporation, part of Lebedev Holdings, bought a 75.1% of share in the Evening Standard newspaper for £1. The previous owners, the Daily Mail and General Trust, continue to hold 24.9% in the company in the new firm, named Evening Standard Ltd. Lebedev promised to not interfere with the editorial running of the paper. Lebedev commented that during his time as a spy in London, he used the Evening Standard to find information. Paul Dacre, the editor-in-chief of the Evening Standard at the time of the sale said: "It's a sad day for the paper, it's a sad day for the Rothermeres. We are sorry that it leaked out, we had no control over that. Everyone's been working hard and there's a lot of hope for the future of the Evening Standard."In 2009 he entered into exclusive negotiations with Independent News & Media to buy the company's British national newspapers, The Independent and Independent on Sunday.
Before the purchase was completed, his representatives offered the editorship of The Independent to Rod Liddle, former editor of BBC Radio 4's Today Programme. The offer was withdrawn after Liddle's putative appointment was opposed by the newspaper's staff and by a campaign online. On 25 March 2010, Lebedev bought The Independent and Independent on Sunday for £1. In 2012, National Reserve Bank faced difficulties: corporate deposits decreased by 2.2bn rubles, retail deposits by 1.2bn rubles. 20% of the bank's liabilities had run off by the end of January 2012. In March 2012, two top managers left the bank. On 5 November 2012, Lebedev announced he would close all the regional offices of the National Reserve Bank and sell off the real estate as well as 75% of the bank's loan portfolio, worth 16.8bn rubles. In November 2012, Lebedev announced that he is selling off his assets in Russia. In September 2011 while appearing on a Russian television programme, he punched a fellow guest, billionaire property developer Sergei Polonsky.
Lebedev claimed afterwards that he had