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Submitted by on February 9, 2010 – 12:42 pmNo Comment

The Guardian and the Manchester Evening News have ended their life-long associations with Manchester.

Guardian Media Group has sold the Evening News and associated weekly newspapers to Trinity Mirror, which will see the MEN Media office off Deansgate closed and staff moved to Trinity’s site near Chadderton, Oldham.

Redundancies are inevitable as the staff from Manchester will not all fit in the Oldham office.
Manchester gave birth to the Guardian in 1821 and it was known as the Manchester Guardian until 1959. The Evening News sustained the national paper for years as it made huge losses. Both papers have been entwined since the 1920s, sharing an office on Cross Street, before moving to Deansgate.
The deal means that in six months’ time Manchester will no longer have a local newspaper. The Guardian group, which has bled the Evening News and its weekly sister titles dry in order to remain in business has fed off our city, before betraying and selling Manchester out to highest bidder.
The sale will mean that the students, graduates, teachers and middle class hippies that make up the majority of The Guardian’s readership will continue to receive free ‘How to learn Mandarin’ booklets, while many good, hardworking Manchester journalists and designers will be left to fight each other for the right to keep their jobs and the public will no longer have a newspaper to represent them.
Many staff are relieved that the clowns in charge of GMG will be vacating the company and there is a definite feeling of ‘better the devil you don’t know’, but sadness abounds as another part of Manchester’s heritage is stolen from us.

If you’re arsed the full story is here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/feb/09/guardian-media-group-trinity-mirror

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