Business | Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:31am GMT

Independent News eyes 100 million euro debt write-off - paper

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Indebted Irish publisher Independent News & Media (INME.I) (INME.L) plans to ask its lenders to write off up to 100 million euros (79 million pounds) of debt as part of a wider overhaul, Britain's Sunday Times reported.

The company on Friday said it will need urgent and substantial restructuring in response to high levels of debt and tough trading. A spokesman on Sunday declined to comment on the report that the company was seeking to write off debt.

The publisher hopes to secure agreement on the debt write-off with a consortium of eight banks by early next year, the newspaper reported without citing sources.

The restructuring will also include a rights issue, a radical cost-cutting programme and the sale of the company's South African unit, the report said.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by David Goodman)