Licensing and syndication

Accessing our unique archive

Since 1986, The Independent has recorded thousands of momentous global news events. Our Syndication and Licensing team offers the opportunity to licence written content, images, video and audio, enabling customers to tap into an incredibly diverse archive of world-class journalism.

Content is licensed for a broad range of clients and uses; including global publishing, commercial websites, digital and social platforms, news apps, corporate reports, educational publications and examinations. We provide historical and up-to-the-minute access through multiple distribution channels. 

Our enviable mix of international and national agenda-setting news content has created an impressive portfolio covering a broad range of article types; from news reporting in the Middle East, environmental long reads and political exclusives to celebrity interviews, fashion and sport coverage, and entertainment reviews. 

We have a flexible commercial approach and work hard to build close relationships with our clients based on their specific onward use of our content on digital platforms or in print. 



IndyBest reviews hundreds of consumer products every year, providing our readers with recommendations based on real-life testing by industry experts. Product reviews are unbiased, offering independent advice that people can trust. Featured brands can licence the IndyBest logos and written copy to use on promotional and marketing material, to maximise the benefit of this editorial endorsement. 


Content for marketing use

Quotes from our impartial reviews in our tech, business and culture sections are available for marketing and promotional material. Earned media is an increasingly impactful way to promote a product or service in tandem with advertising. 


Entertainment licensing

Our products regularly appear in theatre, TV and film productions, adding content and continuity to a production. Historical articles from The Independent are often used to give at-a-glance detail to a story and help to set the date, context and location of a scene. We are also happy to licence quotes and headlines for use in documentaries and dramas. 


Photography for commercial use 

If you are interested in commercial licensing of photography, graphics or illustrations which appear on our website or other platforms, please check the photo credit in the first instance. If the credit is to a known agency, please contact them directly. For other requests, please contact us via the syndication email. We have a partnership with Alamy for some collections. 


Archive requests  

The Independent actively licenses its editorial content, going back to 1986 for commercial or academic uses direct to companies and not-for-profit organisations. We negotiate fees specific to the end-use of the material and duration of the rights. 

We also have an academic partnership with Gale Newsvault Programme for universities and libraries, and also distribute our material via for access by the general public on a subscription basis. 


Framed images

You can purchase timeless imagery, framed and ready to hang, from The Independent’s extensive photo library from our partners Fleet Street Finest.


Content for publishers 

We license our award-winning journalism to both UK and international publishers. Articles from The Independent and Independent on Sunday are available to purchase on an ad hoc basis, by editors looking for a unique perspective on a story or a high-profile interview to supplement an issue, or via a subscription by brands looking for quality news to complement their own. Please check out our popular Independent Premium section, our culture features and reviews and opinion pieces for a flavour of what we can offer. Our growing portfolio of customers includes newspapers, magazines, news digests and themed publications.



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