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Nine days to save a Manchester mag

Guardian Media have announced that City Life - Manchester's entertainment and listing magazine - will publish for the last time on 7 December. Thirteen journalists' and designers' jobs will go.


NUJ members will be leafletting the London offices of the Guardian newspaper in Farringdon Road [streetmap], from 1-2pm on Friday 2 December. If you could make it along to the event, to show your opposition to the closing of this magazine, that would be greatly appreciated.

Colleagues in Manchester will leaflet Guardian Media Group's Head office in Deansgate [streetmap] at the same time.

And... Legendary Manchester journalist and pop impresario Tony Wilson has pledged his support for the Save City Life campaign. That'll be a Situationist situation, then, with 24 Hour Picket People, the sequel...

The magazine started as a workers' co-operative in 1983 and was bought by Guardian Media in 1989. The company says that over the last four years it has lost around £1,000 per week. Last year Guardian Media Regional made more than £30 million.

The Manchester Evening News and City Life National Union of Journalists chapels met yesterday afternoon and vowed to carry on their campaign to save the magazine. Many people including theatre and cinema managers, music impresarios and performers, have already protested to the company.

The chapels reaffirmed an earlier decision that they would ballot for industrial action if any journalists face compulsory redundancy.

The company announced yesterday that a further 35 jobs are to go in non-editorial departments as part of a cost cutting package.

Please send protests about the closure of City Life to the chief executive of Guardian media regional at

If you can volunteer to hand out Save City Life leaflets at any cultural event in Greater Manchester please email to say so.

For more updates see

Save City Life!
Save City Life! - 39k PDF to print
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