The official launch date of a new weekly freesheet set to be Britain’s biggest weekly has been revealed.
Nine jobs are set to go as a result of the changes, although new digital roles being created by publisher Trinity Mirror means there will be no net loss of jobs overall.
The new title will be localised into eight editions – Salford, Tameside & Oldham, Stockport East, Stockport West, South Manchester, Sale & Altrincham, Stretford & Urmston, and Wilmslow.
Editor in chief Rob Irvine said: “The new Manchester Weekly News will be a great addition to our portfolio, offering an excellent service of local news and opinion and supporting the Manchester Evening News and our website.
“Roughly half of the content of the new paper will be editionised so that local communities continue to be well served. It will also give people a rounded picture of what is happening around the region.”
The paper will be delivered to around 265,000 homes across Manchester and the surrounding area in place of the existing titles, which will publish their final editions next week.
It will serve as a sister title to the Manchester Evening News and its companion website.