Friday, 15 January 2010
Redundant MEN Media staff back in business with newspaper launch against old company
It will go into direct competition against MEN Media-owned weekly the Rochdale Observer and will be followed by a title for Middleton and North Manchester in February and papers for other, as yet undisclosed, areas thereafter.
The new company 'PIP Media' comprises: Richard Catlow, formerly editorial director of MEN Media's weeklies, ex-Accrington Observer editor Mervyn Kay, former Stockport Express editor Mandy Leigh as well as commercial staff Kath Fielding and Brent Armistead.
Mervyn Kay told HTFP: "We weren't happy with MEN Media's policy of closing the branch offices and moving everything into Deansgate, in Manchester. We were just sitting around with our redundancy money and not much to do. Hopefully, it is the right time. We have newspapers in our blood and wanted to have a go at it."