It is a huge programme of transformation for the british newspaper The Guardian. The daily will move to the tabloid format in early 2018, has announced its parent company, the Guardian Media Group. The weekly The observer, his version of the Sunday, is also affected by this announced change.
These two titles of the press to abandon their berliner format in full color that was adopted in 2005. At the time, he had left the general format for an investment of 80 million pounds (90 million euros). Among the major british newspapers only the Financial Times and the Daily Telegraph are still published in large format, all the others being switched to the tabloid format (more compact), including the Times.
This announcement from the Guardian Media Group (GMG) is part of a transformation plan over three years, launched in 2016 by the owner, which also provides for a restructuring of the branch advertising and cost reductions resulting in the elimination of 250 jobs, including 100 in the newsroom. GMG is not in very good financial health after it suffered losses of 69 million pounds (78 million euros) for the fiscal year completed in June 2016.
“Meet the change in demand for the paper version”
This change of format “is an important step in our transformation plan over three years,” said David Pemsel, managing director of GMG. “A number of people higher than ever to read and support our journalism, but the paper industry continues to evolve and we must evolve with it,” he explained. Katherine Viner, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, the daily launched in 1821, defended the adoption of the new format, finding that “the reduction of the dissemination means that print the newspaper in berliner format becoming more and more expensive.”
“Move to the tabloid format will allow us to be more flexible to meet the change in demand for the paper version”, she wrote on the website of the journal, a change that should result in millions of pounds of savings each year, which could be reinvested in the essay. The printing of the new Guardian will be assigned to the media group Trinity Mirror, which has in particular the Daily Mirror. GMG is the fact close its two printing presses at Trafford near Manchester and in the district of Stratford in London.