Comedians in Greater Manchester will stand up for journalism in the North West on Sunday 5 July, in an NUJ stand up comedy benefit gig, fighting the recent cuts in weekly papers and other media across the region. It follows a similar successful event held in London back in April.
BBC Radio Manchester presenter Chris Holliday will compère, and there will be a punk/ska DJ set. Other acts include three of the best from the North West’s comedy circuit, all coming out to support their local media, and raising a lot of laughs in the process. It promises to be an excellent night, with support from the top comedy agency -- and a great line up is guaranteed.
The event is at The Baker’s Vault in Stockport. And it is in Stockport that MEN Media has removed all the journalists from the local office, where the Stockport Express, South Manchester Reporter and Trafford Metro News staff were based.
Across the whole of the weekly papers in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire -- over 36 editorial jobs have gone, and by October all of the local offices will be closed. Remaining journalists will be based in central Manchester, clearly much depleted, and far removed from the patch they are supposed to be covering.
Jenny Lennox of the NUJ said: "There has been a massive attack on local journalism in Stockport and Greater Manchester, which has removed journalists from the communities they serve. We are delighted to see that people are prepared to stand up for journalism and show how much it matters."