Manchester-based editors have urged The Guardian to return to the city after reports that the national newspaper could consider relocating.
The Times reported yesterday that senior executives at The Guardian had held talks about moving its offices to Manchester, where it was founded in 1821 and based until 1964, when production moved to London.
The newspaper, known as the Manchester Guardian until 1959, has since confirmed it is reviewing office space and looking to make savings.
He told HTFP: “Not wanting to sound parochial but a move to Manchester would make a lot of sense. There’s a lot of talk about the Guardian returning to its roots but this decision isn’t driven by misty-eyed sentimentality but, rather, hard-nosed business reality.
“London is an expensive place to base a business. In addition a lot of journalists are priced out of working in London so you can get a lot more bang for your buck in the regions.
“Manchester is the UK’s second city outside of London and it is at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse. The BBC is based at MediaCity and Greater Manchester will get an elected mayor on 4 May so the city’s profile will grow further.
“There’s no shortage of talented journalists in the north so my message to the Guardian is pretty simple: ‘Bring it on.'”
Before co-founding Business Cloud, Chris edited North West Business Insider, which is also based in Manchester.
His successor at the title, former Salford Advertiser and Prestwich Advertiser editor Simon Keegan, described Manchester and the North-West of England as an “absolute hotbed of journalistic talent” and a “Northern Powerhouse of publishing heritage”.
He said: “There is no reason why a brand like the Guardian can’t work from a Manchester base, but those in charge have to be more savvy and care more. Newspapers cannot have breaking news as their USP any more.”
Simon added: “Other industries have learnt to evolve in the 21st century, for the most part newspapers have not. Papers need to win back the hearts and minds of their readers by re-establishing themselves as credible, quality and professional.
“And national newspapers need to take off their rose tinted Fleet Street glasses. Take a leaf out of the Beeb’s book. Come back to the north, take on local talent, but don’t do it half-heartedly.”
He posted on Twitter: “With the chance of the Guardian moving back north, I’m considering opening Salford’s first quinoa bar. Salford. Quinoa. What could go wrong?”