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The Manchester Evening News is expected to have shed a further 7,000 copies from its paid-for sale when next month’s ABC figures are announced, according to figures released by MEN Media.
But it says its combined paid-for/free figure will rise to a predicted circulation of 180,000, and will see the paper remain the UK’s largest regional daily newspaper.
The latest official certified figures, from the Audit Bureau of Circulation for June, show Manchester Evening News pick-up copies achieve 92,867 each weekday. They expect the paid-for figure, released on August 30, to be in the region of 88,000 copies. This compare with 95,727 for July to Dec 2006 (Mon to Fri).

Northcliffe Media has completed the purchase of three portfolios of local media assets from Trinity Mirror: Kent Regional Newspapers, East Surrey and Sussex Newspapers and Blackmore Vale Publishing, for around £65m.

Trinity Mirror plc is to invest a further £23m in print equipment thanks to an agreement with Independent News and Media over a new 12 year contract to print and distribute The Independent.
The deal will see state-of-the-art colour presses installed in Trinity Mirror Printing sites at Watford and Oldham giving The Independent full colour and enhanced inserting facilities.

Hornsey and Crouch End Journal deputy editor Keith Archer has been honoured after completing 25 years service with North London Newspapers, the Journal’s publishers.
On July 12, Keith, (44), completed 25 years with the company, having joined the Islington Gazette as a 19-year-old trainee in 1982.
During his time with North London Newspapers titles he has served as trainee reporter, senior reporter, sports editor, production editor, in his present post of deputy group editor and as a key member of a multi-award winning editorial team.

Associated Northcliffe Digital has announced a new partnership with Tomorrow Focus AG, one of the largest online sales houses in Germany, which brings together market-leading web publishers across Europe to offer advertisers a single premium online network.
The deal makes the digital publisher the first in the UK to join the European Marketing Network which will operate under the name Premium Publishers Online, and will enable participating publishers to operate a network similar to established international networks such as AOL, MSN and Yahoo!.