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Guardian shows its ugly face

Issue No. 1980

Newspaper boss Mark Dodson confronted by his critics in Manchester last week (Pic: Richard Searle)

Newspaper boss Mark Dodson confronted by his critics in Manchester last week (Pic: Richard Searle)


A demonstration outside the Manchester Evening News brought traffic to a standstill last week as protesters fought to stop the closure of City Life magazine.

Owners Guardian Media Group (GMG) have announced that City Life — Manchester’s entertainment and listings magazine — will publish for the last time this week.

Thirteen journalists’ and designers’ jobs will go.

The decision was made by new regional chief executive Mark Dodson who claims that the magazine is not “contributing to profits”.

The magazine began life as a workers’ cooperative and was bought by GMG when it was proving to be competition.

The magazine was losing a mere £1,000 a week over the last four years. GMG does not have shareholders and made record profits of £33 million last year.

A protest took place at the same time outside the Guardian offices in London. There National Union of Journalists (NUJ) general secretary Jeremy Dear had a debate with GMG’s ultimate boss Bob Phillis.

The NUJ at the Manchester Evening News has reaffirmed an earlier decision that it would ballot for industrial action if any journalists face compulsory redundancy.

The NUJ at the Guardian offered its support by staging an emergency meeting and demanding that all City Life staff are redeployed.

Please send protests about the closure of City Life to mark.dodson@men-news.co.uk


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Sat 10 Dec 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1980
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