Guardian creates five-strong Manchester news 'hub'

The Guardian has announced plans to create a "news hub" for the North of England in Manchester.

The newspaper was founded in the city and used to be known as the Manchester Guardian.

It will have a team of five working in its existing newsroom in Deansgate reporting into the national newsdesk.

The changes will see North of England editor Helen Pidd and prisons correspondent Eric Allison joined by Josh Halliday, a Guardian reporter since 2010, Daily Mail reporter Nazia Parveen and digital trainee Frances Perraudin.

The Guardian also has bureaux in Sydney, New York, Washington and San Francisco.

Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of Guardian News and Media, said the paper was “building on the Guardian's fine heritage in Manchester by putting more reporters on the ground to get scoops, break news and provide context and analysis about the North of England.  At a time of unprecedented global reach and influence for the Guardian, we’ll be shedding light on the issues affecting this crucial region and adding a northern perspective to national and global conversations.”

Pidd said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Josh, Frances and Nazia to the Guardian’s North of England team – they’re all outstanding journalists with strong connections to the north, and they will bring significant knowledge and expertise to our expanding coverage of the region.”

The Manchester Guardian was founded in 1821. It dropped the 'Manchester' from its name in 1959 and moved to London in 1964.

Shutterstock picture shows Manchester

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