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Regional publisher steps into business news battle

The Manchester Evening News is considering launching a weekly business newspaper for the area, as the battle to fill the gap left by Crain’s Manchester Business continues.

It is understood to be testing a dummy publication, which could be named Manchester Business Week, with advertising agencies across Greater Manchester – in the wake of the closure of Crain’s in the summer.

MEN Media could launch the title at the end of next month, which is envisaged as a 40-page colour paper providing news for business executives.

A spokesman for MEN Media said the move was just a proposal at present and did not say whether it was linked to the closure of Crain’s Manchester Business.

He said: “These are proposals at the moment. If and when we have anything further to announce we’ll let you know.”

Weekly business journal Crain’s Manchester Business was launched in 2007 but closed in June because of a lack of support from key advertising sectors.

After it ceased publication, it reached an agreement with so previous readers were encouraged to sign up to the specialist business website.

And former Manchester Evening News transport correspondent Alan Salter set up Manchester Matters as an online and print-on-demand publication, to try to fill the gap left by Crain’s.


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  • October 26, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Crains was a good paper which many were sad to see go. I’d welcome the MEN filling the gap but fear the new publication will be driven mainly by advertising (stories can be so dull when you know they’ve been paid for) and will result in a reduced Thursday weekly business section which many agree offers a good mix of news, features, insight and industry gossip. Fingers crossed editorial merit wins out…

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  • October 26, 2010 at 11:07 am

    The fourth edition of Manchester Matters is out next week. Who said it wouldn’t last?

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