The magazine business is notoriously nut-like, so it may not come as an enormous shock that The Mix Manchester, the fledgling listings mag, has folded like an umbrella after only two issues. The publisher had "financial difficulties." This means the Bloggerel column is homeless, so you Manchester bloggers will just have to find another way of achieving fame/notoriety/mild embarassment with a single post. Special apologies to Dan Flynn of Mad Dan's Blog, whose bit about the genie in the pop bottle was to be featured in the doomed third issue.
It's not all doom and gloom on the media front: We're getting a new newspaper. The North West Enquirer will launch on April 28. It is to be a weekly paper covering the whole ginormous region from North Wales and Cheshire up through the Lakes, with a focus on the cosmopoliitan urbs of Liverpool and Manchester (where it is based.) It'll be interesting to see if this can help fill some of the arts and entertainment coverage gap left by City Life's closure. The website is at http://www.nw-enquirer.co.uk/ but there's nothing up yet.
What's more, I've heard another magazine, the Leicester-based 69-247, is launching a Northwest edition in September (yes, that's really what it's called ... The name just says class, doesn't it?) My links are not working now, but if you want to see the kind of thing you can expect from them, paste this into your browser: http://www.69-247.com/