Founded by would-be Liberal MP Mitchell Henry to support his (unsuccessful) 1868 General Election campaign, it was sold to John Edward Taylor, son of the owner-founder of the Manchester Guardian, shortly after the election. The two papers were once again separated in 1907 at Taylor’s death, but the Guardian bought the News in the 1920s and held the paper for nearly a century until the Guardian Media Group sold all its regional newspapers to Trinity Mirror in March 2010.
It’s tabloid in format. It began publication of a morning edition in 2004, a move which almost resulted in a strike at its print works.
As recently as 2011 there were no fewer than 12 editions – first, main and home paid-for editions for general distribution, Prestwich and North East Manchester respectively, plus free Airport, City and City Final editions. That number had fallen to five by the spring of 2013: North and South versions of the Main and Home Editions as paid-for newspapers, with the City Edition distributed free via brand-to-hand and pickup points on Thursdays and Fridays.
In September 2010 the offices shifted out of Manchester City Centre to Chadderton on the outskirts of Oldham, although there’s still a city centre office in Piccadilly Gardens, and reporters still hotdesk from various locations around the city.
In January 2013 it was given its own website after having been on the MEN Media website for several years. Most of MEN Media’s other newspapers also now rely on the MEN‘s website for their Web presence.
Its stance is on the political Left, with a populist slant.
Its Pink Final edition on Saturday, covering football results, was discontinued in 2000.
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