Guardian announces new print format


In a significant change to how readers experience the Guardian in print, Guardian News & Media has announced today that The Guardian and The Observer newspapers are to abandon the Berliner format in favour of tabloid format from early 2018.

Over the last 6 months, and as part of a 3 year plan to make the Guardian financially sustainable, the Group has been examining costs across its operations and reviewing how it can continue to deliver quality journalism through its print editions.

The Guardian introduced the Berliner format in 2005. At the time, the format was seen as a historic move and has since garnered awards for world-class design and innovation, including World’s Best-Designed™ Newspaper, by the Society for News Design.

The group aim to balance their belief that the market for quality print journalism will continue with declining circulations. This combination makes the Berliner an increasingly expensive format, and the move is designed to allow a more flexible response to changing print demand.

Moreover, the Group envisions creating savings of millions of pounds each year and so contribute to the overall goal of achieving the financial stability that allows continued investment in quality journalism.

In a statement, the Group says that it is responding to reader research and planning that indicates its core consumers prioritise good journalism, photography, graphics and design over the shape and size of the newspaper.

The Guardian has signed a contract with Trinity Mirror who will take over printing and distribution of the new format. Print subscribers can expect their subscription service to continue as normal.

Katharine Viner, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian News & Media, said “We are going to create a tabloid Guardian and a tabloid Observer that are bold, striking and beautiful. Input from our readers, members and subscribers will be crucial”.

David Pemsel, Chief Executive, Guardian Media Group, added “More people than ever before are reading and supporting the Guardian’s journalism. Today’s announcement further cements our commitment to produce the Guardian and The Observer in print for the foreseeable future – but there’s no doubt that this is a significant moment in our history. The print industry continues to evolve, and we must keep evolving with it”.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

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Guardian announces new print format