The Guardian 'considers' move back to Manchester

The Guardian is reportedly considering moving back to its historic home of Manchester as it continues to cut costs at the loss-making newspaper.

The Guardian 'considers' move back to Manchester

Senior management at the newspaper are "actively considering" moving back to the Guardian’s birthplace in Manchester, according to The Times.

The move could happen within two years, The Times reported, with editor Kath Viner said to be in favour of the move that would involve most editorial and administrative staff.

The Media Village in Salford, which is now home to thousands of staff from the BBC and ITV, would be an obvious location for the move.

Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, proposed last month that Channel 4 should also leave the capital.

Guardian Media Group, the publisher of the Guardian and the Observer, is in the middle of a plan to turn around years of heavy losses by cutting costs by 20%.

Last month the papers’ 1,500 staff were warned of compulsory redundancies as the business seeks to break even by the 2018/19 financial year.

The Guardian is also considering shrinking the paper size to tabloid and outsourcing printing to rival News UK, it was reported in January. 

The Manchester Guardian was launched in 1821 and the newspaper began moving staff to London in the 1960s. It moved from London's Farringdon to King's Cross in 2008.

A Guardian News & Media statement 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."

Subscribe to Campaign from just £57 per quarter

Includes the weekly magazine and quarterly Campaign IQ, plus unrestricted online access.


Looking for a new job?

Get the latest creative jobs in advertising, media, marketing and digital delivered directly to your inbox each day.

Create an Alert Now

1 Meet the new breed of ad agency chiefs

A new wave of first-time CEOs are opting to do things differently in an evolving landscape. They discuss the business model of the future with Jeremy Lee.

Case study: How 'This girl can' got 1.6 million women exercising

1 Case study: How 'This girl can' got 1.6 million women exercising

"This girl can" was based on a powerful insight: that the fear of judgement by others is the primary barrier holding women back from participating in sport.

Just published