Guardian to go tabloid in January, says it will hit break-even next year

Guardian editor Kath Viner has said the newspaper will print in tabloid size from 15 January, dropping its existing Berliner proportions.

She said while there would be a few “surprises” the Guardian would be largely the same in the new, smaller format. “We have got the same amount of journalism,” she told the BBC Media Show.

“The cost-savings are all in production and printing processes rather than the journalism.

In a recent speech to Guardian supporters, Viner said the current business model supporting journalism was “collapsing” as Facebook and Google “swallow digital advertising”.

Viner said the Guardian, which made an operating loss of £62.5m last year, was on track to lose £25m this year and break even the following year, which she said would be a “big achievement”, adding: “If we get our finances in order that means you can do really great journalism.”

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