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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News Front Page
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner Trinity Mirror
Editor Maria McGeoghan (Acting Editor)
Founded 1868
Political alignment Populist
Headquarters Manchester, England
Circulation 81,326 sold, 99,574 free[1]
Official website

The Manchester Evening News (commonly abbreviated as the M.E.N.) is a British daily newspaper published each week day and on Saturdays which is owned by Trinity Mirror plc. It is distributed throughout Greater Manchester. It sells 81,326 copies a day and gives away 99,574.[1]



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). Taylor brought his brother-in-law Peter Allen in as a partner in the Evening News; 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. The M.E.N. was part of the Guardian Media Group until in February 2010 it was sold, along with GMG's other regional newspapers, to Trinity Mirror.[2]

The purchase by Trinity Mirror will include the condition that the headquarters for the Manchester Evening News and all other M.E.N Media titles would be moved from the current location of Scott Place in the Spinningfields area of Manchester city centre to an existing Trinity Mirror site at Chadderton, Oldham. This is also where the papers and other Trinity Mirror titles in the North West are printed.[3]


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.


M.E.N. Lite

In March 2005 the paper launched a cut down afternoon version of the paper titled M.E.N. 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, while readers outside that area continued to pay for the paper.

In December 2006, the paper also began free distribution at Manchester Airport and hospitals throughout Greater Manchester.

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.

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