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The Manchester Evening News has risked a backlash from its online readership with the announcement that only Facebook users will soon be able to comment on its stories. The MEN revealed today that its website will be getting a "cleaner and less cluttered" website later this month, with a new, bigger typeface and a greater emphasis on latest stories and mobile optimisation.

Lancashire Business View has relaunched its website with a new look designed by Preston agency Soap Media. The site will provide news about Lancashire's business scene, together with events, a directory and a member-only community platform called ‘LBV Hub’.

The Guardian's new northern editor has pledged to "breathe new life" into the newspaper's coverage of the north - although she admitted her ability to do so would be dictated by the newspaper's parlous financial state.
Helen Pidd took over at the beginning of the month from Martin Wainwright, who is retiring after 17 years in the post and 37 years at the newspaper.
Wainwright will stay on until March, after which Pidd will have sole responsibility for all northern news coverage and the popular The Northerner blog.

GovToday, the online publishing and events company, has appointed fashion entrepreneur David Wade-Smith as its new non-exec

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