- Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News Type Daily newspaper Format Tabloid Owner Trinity Mirror Editor Maria McGeoghan ( Editor) Founded 1868 Political alignment Labour Headquarters Chadderton, Oldham, England Circulation 90,973 (January-June 2011) Official website ManchesterEveningNews.co.uk
The Manchester Evening News (commonly abbreviated as the MEN) is a regional daily newspaper covering Greater Manchester in the United Kingdom. It is published every day except Sunday and is owned by Trinity Mirror plc following its sale by Guardian Media Group in early 2010. It has an average daily circulation of 90,973 copies. Of these approximately 60,000 are paid-for and 30,000 are free. 
The paper was first published in 1868 by Mitchell Henry as part of his Parliamentary election campaign. Shortly after the election the newspaper was sold to John Edward Taylor, the son of the founder and owner of the Manchester Guardian (now The Guardian), becoming the evening counterpart of the morning newspaper. Taylor brought his brother-in-law Peter Allen in as a partner in the Evening News and, after Taylor's death in 1907, the Guardian was sold to its editor C. P. Scott while the Evening News passed into the hands of the Allen family. Scott's Guardian bought the Evening News in the 1920s, reuniting the papers, and the MEN was part of the Guardian Media Group until it was sold, along with GMG's other regional newspapers, to Trinity Mirror in February 2010.
Trinity Mirror agreed that the headquarters of MEN Media would be moved from its current location on Scott Place in the Spinningfields area of Manchester city centre to an existing Trinity Mirror site at Chadderton, Oldham. This is also where Trinity Mirror titles in the North West are printed.
Despite its "evening" title, the newspaper began publication of a morning edition in November 2004, a controversial move which brought union members to the brink of strike action over new work rotas.
In March 2005 the paper launched a cut-down afternoon version of the paper titled MEN Lite, which was distributed free to commuters within Manchester's city centre.
On 2 May 2006 the Evening News dropped the "Lite" edition in favour of a "part-free, part-paid" distribution model for the main paper. Copies were free in Manchester city centre, while readers outside that area continued to pay for the paper.
In December 2009, the newspaper announced that as of January 2010 the paper would no longer be handed out free Monday to Friday in the city centre and other selected locations. Instead they would be handed out free as previously on Thursdays and Fridays, but would regain their paid-for status in these locations at all other times.
It is unknown to whether under the new ownership of Trinity Mirror that this strategy may change again.
References and notes
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- ^ Mostrous, Alexi (9 February 2010). "Guardian Media Group offloads regional newspaper arm". Times Online. http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/media/article7020351.ece.
- ^ "Manchester Evening News sold by Guardian Media Group". Manchester Evening News. 9 February 2010. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/business/s/1192028_manchester_evening_news_sold_by_guardian_media_group_.
- ManchesterEveningNews.co.uk—official website.
- PressDisplay.co.uk—commercial website with exact online copies of the printed editions.
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