The Week: Media News - GMG confirms local sale talk

Guardian Media Group has confirmed it held talks in December about the sale of its flagship regional title, the Manchester Evening News, as well as 22 other local papers.

Trinity Mirror has been mentioned as a possible buyer. GMG said the talks were the result of an ongoing portfolio review, and that it was too early to say where they might lead. Separately, the MEN announced it was cutting back its free distribution strategy from five to two days a week, and instituting a coverprice for Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It will also rejoin the Audit Bureau of Circulations, after withdrawing from the ABC last August.