The Guardian moving to Manchester?
The Guardian is considering moving back to its northern birthplace in efforts to save money.
The Guardian Media Group is reportedly “actively considering” a move back to Manchester. Secret talks have reportedly been held by Senior Executives who are considering moving the headquarters from North London.
In 1964, The Guardian put plans to leave Manchester in motion. In efforts to combat falling advertising revenue, the media group is reportedly set to return in 2 years.
In 2016, The Guardian newspaper made 250 staff redundant. More job cuts are in the air as the company works against losses. In March 2017, the company warned staff of 1500 compulsory redundancies.
Salford Media City
The Guardian Media Group – owner of The Guardian and The observer – has experienced major financial losses in recent years. With new plans, they aim to cut costs by 20%.
The Guardian’s editor, Kath Viner, is said to be in favour of the move. The move would bring the majority of The Guardian’s editorial and administrative team to the north. Many believe that Salford’s Media City would be an ideal location for the new headquarters.
In January 2017, it was also reported that The Guardian would be ‘shrinking’ its newspaper size. The Guardian is planning to print tabloid newspapers.
Former Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale said plans to secure The Guardian’s future should be considered.
Whittingdale said, “This is a further demonstration of the financial pressures that newspapers are now under”.
Some believe that the move will address the north south divide. Some readers do not support the move, believing it will be a bad decision.
On Twitter, one user wrote “The Guardian moving back to Manchester? It will not survive such a move”.
A Guardian spokesman commented.
“We are always looking at ways to reduce our cost base, including where different functions are located, but we have no plans to leave Kings Place at present”.
Social media users are debating the news. Channel 4 is also set to move to Manchester.