The i newspaper will run selected pieces from The Economist every week going forwards, as part of a new deal agreed between the two news titles.
Effective from Saturday’s (5 January) issue, the arrangement allows i to print two articles per week on average from The Economist.
The move has been called “a key marker in the development of the newspaper”, which is now owned by JPIMedia after it acquired Johnston Press in a pre-pack deal in November, and inews.co.uk.
The articles will be chosen from across The Economist’s output, both in print and online, and will range from politics and finance to science, technology, society and culture. The Economist’s logo will be run alongside each piece used.
i was originally launched in 2010 as an offshoot of The Independent but was sold by ESI Media in 2016 when The Independent ceased printing.
Since becoming a standalone news brand, it has delivered continued revenue and profit growth in a challenging market and posted a 61% increase in adjusted EBITDA to £6m in Johnston Press’ H1 2018 results.
The Economist was founded in 1843 and is published by The Economist Group.
Editor-in-chief of i Oliver Duff said: “Lively curation is a popular strand of i’s DNA, even as we’ve grown our original reporting and investigations. We are a daily briefing, an antidote to the age of hyper-information.
“i readers demand brilliant writing and analysis from our journalists and guest correspondents. The Economist is globally renowned for the excellence of its coverage – and we look forward to showcasing this for i readers.”
With a daily circulation of 238,771 according to the most recent newspaper ABC figures, the i costs 65p on weekdays and £1 at weekends, following a price increase in September that was attributed to increasing paper costs.
The Economist, which is published weekly and costs £5.99, has a circulation of over 1.4 million according to the latest magazine ABCs, including a print circulation of 948,851.