The Independent joins forces with BuzzFeed, Tasty, Seasoned and HuffPost to launch multi-generation network

Public debut at Advertising Week Europe under the new banner of Independent Media

Leaders of the newly formed ‘digital supergroup’ unveiled its unrivalled ecosystem for advertisers and plans for the future


Independent Media, the new network comprising The Independent, BuzzFeed UK, HuffPost UK, Tasty UK and Seasoned, was unveiled today on stage at Advertising Week Europe 2024.

Speaking to a crowded room of advertisers and marketers, leaders from Independent Media’s news and content brands took to the stage together for the first time. They showcased why the group offers unique opportunities for the industry, what this means for readers and advertisers alike, and their plans for the future.

The deal between the globally renowned brands was announced in March, but until now, the team has not publicly spoken about their joint aims, purpose and working together; nor announced the network’s name.

As an organisation, Independent Media — managed by The Independent, the UK’s largest quality news brand — can now reach across multiple generations, platforms and categories, linked by unprecedented data-targeting opportunities. The Independent brings 6 million registered users and its first-party data capabilities, combining with a social media footprint that sees the brands reach more than half of all the major social media platforms, and making use of storytelling from high-profile creators to the Independent TV studios.

The five brands each have quality, authenticity, trust and purpose at their core:


The Independent: The UK’s largest and most free-thinking news brand.

BuzzFeed UK: Fun, fandom and a social force for good.

Tasty UK: Changing the way we eat.

Seasoned: Celebrating the UK’s Black communities.

HuffPost UK: Explainers and advice to navigate millennial life.


Independent Media offers industry-leading monthly reach*, including:


  • 5 billion content views across the platforms
  • More than half the users of most major social media platforms
  • Our sites alone reach more than half of all UK consumers in the categories of travel, food and drink, and tech – among other areas
  • Half of those in the UK who identify as LGBTQ+
  • Half of all women across the UK


Speaking on stage, Christian Broughton, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Media, said: “Professional journalism has never been more important. These renowned media brands, each with their own authentic tone and audience, perfectly compliment The Independent, and connect with different audiences in a trusted way, with purpose and shared values at their core. We ensure our audiences are respected and heard. Our new offering allows advertisers and partners to connect through our brands across multiple categories and multiple platforms.”

 Cate Sevilla, Editor-in-Chief, HuffPost UK, added:To have these different brands that represent different demographics and communities, and being able to provide information that can help people make those informed decisions and keep them engaged, is so  important. I feel really, really passionate about that.”

 Homam Ayaso, Director of Video, BuzzFeed, commented: “Understanding audiences is key to growing a media brand with authenticity and credibility. This is a shared value across BuzzFeed, Tasty, Seasoned, HuffPost and The Independent. The opportunities Independent Media offers are vast and hugely exciting. I know the entire team is ready to deliver great work with our creative and collaborative partners.”

Independent Media will harness market-leading innovation and expertise across the portfolio of brands, with new collaborations, technologies, and marketing and ecommerce opportunities. This exciting ‘digital supergroup’ will allow commercial partners to seamlessly buy across the network, with combined on-site audiences that together reach half of all British consumers. This offers unrivalled scale and authority via video, web and social media.

The partnership will enable expanded commercial offerings and a broadened editorial footprint. Ecommerce, events, audio, content syndication and licensing opportunities will be supported by significant high-yield targeted data segments as publishers and marketers move to first-party data and away from reliance on third-party cookies.

*Source: PamCo H1 2024, Internal Analytics


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