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Manchester Evening News

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The Manchester Evening News is a British daily newspaper published each week day evening and on Saturdays. It's distributed in Manchester and surrounding areas. The paper vies with the Coventry Evening Telegraph as the second best-selling evening newspaper in the country after the

Evening Standard. Both newspapers sell around 160,000 copies per day, and are read by approximately 400,000 people, making the Manchester Evening News the most widely read publication in the region.

Since adopting a 'digital-first' strategy in 2014, the publication has experienced huge online growth, while its average print daily circulation for the first half of 2018 was 36,715. In the 2018 British Regional Press Awards, it was named Newspaper of the Year and Website of the Year.

Manchester Eveing News First Edition
Manchester Evening News First Edition

First edition of The Manchester Evening News

The Manchester Evening News was first published on 10 October 1868 by Mitchell Henry as part of his Parliamentary election campaign, with its first issue four pages long and costing a halfpenny. Upon the newspaper's launch, Henry said: "In putting ourselves into print, we have no apology to offer, but the assurance of an honest aim to serve the public interest". Henry's quote is displayed on the entrance wall to the newspaper's modern offices.

M.E.N., Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Chadderton, Oldham, Lancashire, OL9 8EF.

With his Parliamentary bid unsuccessful, Mitchell Henry lost interest in the business, selling the publication to John Edward Taylor Jr., the son of newspaper proprietor John Edward Taylor, founder of the Manchester Guardian (now The Guardian). The newspaper became the evening counterpart and sister title to The Manchester Guardian

Mitchell Henry was educated in London and at University College Cambridge where he read for a degree in medicine, eventually becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Upon the death of his father in 1862 he returned to his native Manchester to run the family firm, but by 1868 he had decided to enter politics - he was particularly keen to champion the cause for a better health provision for the poor. After a somewhat shaky start and poor poll positions, he stood as an independent candidate in the first General Election after the Reform Act. Better funded and publicised opposition candidates prompted him to found the Manchester Evening News, helped by a senior employee of the Manchester Guardian, which he intended more as an organ for political self-promotion than the long-lived newspaper which it was to become. The first evening edition appeared on 10th October 1868 and cost ½d (a ha'penny, or half of one old penny).

In the event, Mitchell Henry withdrew his candidacy from the poll, and it was to be another three years before he was elected Member of Parliament for the County Galway constituency of Northern Ireland.


Mitchell Henry went on to sell the Manchester Evening News (MEN) to John Edward Taylor, the son of the founder and owner of the Manchester Guardian (now The Guardian). Taylor brought his brother-in-law Peter Allen in as a partner in the Evening News. After Taylor's death in 1907 the Guardian was sold to its editor C. P. Scott while the Evening News passed into the hands of the Allen family. Scott's Guardian bought the Evening News in the 1920s. From that time the two newspapers have always had a common owner - it is currently one of 62 newspapers owned by the Guardian Media Group.

Manchester Evening News Mitchell Henry Prize Award

M.E.N. Mitchell Henry Prize Awards

The awards recognise businesses and people that have made a lasting contribution to the Greater Manchester region. The prestigious awards celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2017.

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