New publication for the North announced

The publication of a new “national newspaper for the North” has been announced. Titled 24, the newspaper will launch on 20 June and reach audiences across northern England and Scotland.

Labelled “The North’s National”, the publication will run weekly from Monday to Friday, and will cost 40 pence.

24 aims to be “politically neutral”, contributing perspectives on issues impacting both the UK and the globe.

Its “northern slant” looks to balance the London-centric landscape currently monopolising national news.A joint venture between northern publisher CN Group and the Press Association, 24 will be headed up by Editor Mike Haworth, who has senior editorial experience both regionally and nationally.

It is a timely venture, according to Tony Watson, managing director of the Press Association. “We have an exciting summer ahead, packed full of major political and sporting events, and we aim to provide a variety of content and services to sharpen the appeal of this vibrant new publication.”

Regular features include “news, lifestyle, features, celebrity gossip and puzzles” alongside sports coverage focusing on “northern teams from Manchester and Liverpool to Newcastle and Glasgow”.

The launch of 24 marks the first time that an independent, regional publisher will publish content that reflects national and global news.

The print format will be supported by regional news websites.Editorial director at CN Group, David Helliwell, concurs.“After so much doom and gloom for the industry this is an exciting new development.

“We believe we have the right package of content and design, spiced with a distinctly northern flavour, to provide a viable alternative in the national newspaper market.”

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