Guardian to ‘go tabloid’ and ‘outsource printing’ to Trinity Mirror

guardian.gifThe Guardian newspaper is planning to change its format to tabloid and is on the brink of announcing a deal to outsource printing to Trinity Mirror, according to a report.

Citing a source close to the negotiations, The Telegraph reported that the paper hopes the move will help it stem heavy losses resulting from readers increasingly snubbing print in favour of the online edition.

Publisher Guardian Media Group (GMG) said in 2016 that it would need to save 20 per cent to counter underlying losses that widened to £62.6m for the year to 3 April last year and that it was aiming to break even in three years.

Over the weekend The Telegraph reported that an agreement with Trinity Mirror could be announced as soon as this week, even though a deal had not be finalised yet. Under the plan, The Guardian would be redesigned to fit tabloid-sized pages.

The paper reported that the contract would also allow The Guardian to scrap or sell its three so-called Berliner presses, which cost £50m in 2005. It spent a further £30m on printworks in London and Manchester, according to The Telegraph.

The Guardian is the only major UK newspaper to use the Berliner format, which is longer than tabloid but narrower than broadsheet.

GMG is owned by The Scott Trust, created in 1936 to safeguard its flagship newspaper. Last year, The Guardian denied rumours it is about to close its print operations in a bid to curb operating losses.

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GMG makes prepress work more efficient. The new GMG ColorServer 5.0 comes with an improved hotfolder-based automation designed for maximum productivity and process safety.

GMG ColorServer’s automatic colour conversion ensures consistent print results across all printing processes and substrates – be it industry or in-house standards.

‘Retouching multiple files manually can be complex, and does not guarantee repeatable results. With GMG ColorServer 5.0 and the GMG MX technology, press-ready files can be created automatically in reproducible quality,’ explains Thomas Kunz, head of GMG product management. GMG ColorServer 5.0 even allows an accurate and cost-efficient conversion of spot colours into process colours.

Thanks to the new client-server architecture, the server can operate on any computer in a network with multiple users accessing it in parallel. As the processing load is automatically distributed to the connected computers, production peaks are covered and parallel file processing is possible.

As all hotfolders are managed centrally, any client can convert files without expert knowledge. Kunz explains, ‘GMG ColorServer’s 5.0 dynamic hotfolder concept simplifies your work because multiple hotfolders reference one template. If you switch to another printing standard, only the template is changed and all hotfolders adapt accordingly.’ It’s even possible to assign incoming data to a printing standard by simply naming the file accordingly.

To increase productivity and output quality of whole pre-press setups, GMG ColorServer 5.0 can be integrated in almost any third-party workflow application. The optional, fully integrated SmartProfiler extends GMG ColorServer 5.0 with profiling functionality. The Paper Adaptation Tool guarantees close visual matches to printing conditions or standards adapting the colour output space to the production paper.