The Independent launches US digital operation led by Andrew Buncombe

The Independent is opening a digitally focused US office in New York led by Andrew Buncombe, formerly the newspaper's Washington correspondent.

The Independent: to open a digital operation in New York
The Independent: to open a digital operation in New York

He will join the existing US editor, David Usborne, with further new positions to be  added in the coming months.

The plan to further develop the coverage of US news is said to underline Independent Digital’s commitment to expanding its business even further.

The plans come as The Independent posts record traffic levels. January’s global monthly unique browsers were up 53% year on year to 52.5 million. Meanwhile, UK monthly unique browsers have risen 47% since January 2014, to 20.2 million.

For the first time, this month The Independent also exceeded 200 million global page views, with 100 million page views in the UK.

The figures include the growing audience for i100 which attracted 5.2m unique browsers in January, passing five million for the first time, in only its sixth month since launch.

Christian Broughton, digital editor of The Independent and i100, said: "These new record figures are testament to the excellent teams we now have in place on independent.co.uk and i100.co.uk. It's an exciting time for us. We have a big combined platform now, and big ambitions.

"We're expanding the editorial staff again over the year ahead, adding new specialisms and building on existing strengths. The US office has two key targets: to extend our US news coverage for our global audience, and to serve our US audience, which accounts for a third of the total, better than ever before."

Two new social media accounts will promote the US-specific content: @IndyUSA on Twitter and IndependentUS on Facebook.

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