It's too grim oop north for Guardianistas, it seems, after the Guardian newspaper insisted it has “no plans” to ditch north London for north England… “at present”.
Guardian Media Group, which also publishes the Observer, is on the look-out for ways to save money as part of an ambitious bid to break even.
The company is also considering shrinking the size of the newspaper from its current “Berliner” size, unique among national newspapers, to a tabloid format.
The Times today reported the Guardian is “actively considering” moving back to Manchester, the city in which it was founded.
But a spokesman said:
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.
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Greater Manchester is already home to a significant part of the BBC, with the corporation having set up in Salford’s MediaCityUK in 2011.
Channel 4 could also be moving from London as part of a government review announced last week.