A Midlands daily newspaper’s headquarters could be sold to its local council, it has been revealed.
Leicester City Council is looking into making an offer to buy the Leicester Mercury building and officials from the authority have visited the site.
Northcliffe managing director Michael Pelosi said the group would consider selling the building if a financially-acceptable offer was made – which would mean the title would have to find a new home.
He made the announcement to staff this week after the leader of the city council told a reporter from the paper that authority was considering making an offer.
Mr Pelosi said: “It is true that the council has approached the company to enquire about the possibility of purchasing the building and council officials have visited our site. A further visit is planned for this Friday.
“While the building is not up for sale and is not being marketed as such, the company would consider any reasonable offers.
“If an offer was deemed to be financially acceptable, then the group would give this consideration and discuss the various options with the businesses involved.
“However, it should be stressed that the company has not received any form of offer from the city council and is unaware of any decisions that the council may have made regarding the future of its buildings on New Walk. We will keep staff informed if this situation changes.”