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The Manchester Evening News is a British daily newspaper published each week day evening and on Saturdays. It 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.

The paper was first published in 1868 by Mitchell Henry as part of his Parliamentary election campaign. Shortly after the election the newspaper was sold 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.

Despite its evening title the newspaper began publication of a morning edition in November 2004, a controversial move which brought union members to the brink of strike action over new work rotas. In May 2005 the paper launched a cut down evening version of the paper titled "MEN Lite" which is distributed free to commuters within Manchester city centre.

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