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In a sign of newspaper industry consolidation, rival publishing groups Associated and the Guardian Media Group are to join forces, sharing a common editorial production facility. Using the latest technology, a single team will produce stories for both groups flagship titles, the Daily Mail and the Guardian, in a process that …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    titled

    glad to see comments enabled for this one.

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    As a Guardian reader ...

    can I say I'm outraged but in a conciliatory, lets "hug this out" kind of way?

    In other news the Liver Building in Liverpool is being sold to the Americans. To quote the Liverpool Echo: "A series of emails and phone call transcripts leaked to the ECHO show how the pact between Liver Trust chief executive Joe King and New York business guru Anthony Prank was forged."

    Strange Days Indeed, most peculiar.

  3. druck Silver badge
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    The Day Today

    Just as The Day Today presented an outlandish parodied version of future TV news broadcasting, which unfortunately now seems to be the template for current shows, I fear today's newspaper April Fool is tomorrow's tabloid reality.

  4. TeeCee Gold badge
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    I only have one thing to say.

    Be careful what you make jokes about, someone in the dead tree side of the business might take you seriously in their endless quest to reduce costs at all, er, costs....

  5. Sean Timarco Baggaley
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    Ah! 'Tis April 1st.

    Anything that takes the piss out of the Fail and the Grauniad is fine by me. No need to do it just once a year either.

  6. Ben Tasker Silver badge
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    May I be the first

    To call April Fool!

  7. Anonymous Coward
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    <applause>

    Inspired!

  8. PowerSurge
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    First Offerings

    No change at The Guardian then:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/apr/01/labour-gordon-brown-hard-man

  9. Leo Stretch
    WTF?

    Associated Puritanical plc?

    A P - April Fools? Maybe, perhaps.

    Post script, paraphrase: Littlejohn. Big opinions, little john.

    But we know that.

    Happy April 1. Peace.

  10. Elmer Phud
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    ROTFLMAO!!!

    Thank you - much better than the Oi Pad.

  11. Mike Richards Silver badge

    Nicely done

    But is anyone else worried by Lester's ominous silence on this of all days?

  12. GrahamT
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    These fooloish things...

    ...Remind me it's April.

    Would a combination of the Grauniad and Mail, specialising in Archbishop and catholic priest stories be called the Holy Grail?

    1. Andrew Orlowski (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: These fooloish things...

      Nice!

  13. Manas Straw
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    @Andrew

    Good Work. I especially liked the computer generated proofs!

    As TeeCee said, be careful what you joke about.

    I, for one, welcome our common editorial producing, "new authoritarian", copy tailoring software overlords.

    Enjoying El Reg's view on 1st April.

  14. Anonymous Coward
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    not that far fetched

    Seeing as some Indy staffers are already secretly camping in a well-known building in Derry Street.

    Lovely mock ups though .... i've always though AO would fit in nicely at a tabloid ... especially a tabloid that uses long words like the two in this article

  15. Anonymous Coward
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    Truth is as strange as fiction?

    Back in February it was announced that the GMG had sold the MEN (Manchester Evening News) and other regional titles to Trinity Mirror - and as a result the local Manchester TV station 'Channel M' has effectively closed down. ( "The Guardian Media Group has announced it has sold its prestigious Manchester Evening News title to Trinity Mirror, ending a joint history of more than a century.")

    So, not impossible to imagine?

  16. The_Police!
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    Well done!

    Bravo! Bravo! Just getting my coat!

  17. John 62
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    where's the iPad angle?

    When I get my iPad, I'm so subscribing to both papers!

    Most of the stuff 'news'papers publish is just copy-pasta'd from the news wires anyway. Simon Heffer got quite sniffy at the Telegraph's staff for even letting the agency typos through, let alone failing to adjust for the paper's house style. Shame he hasn't updated his style notes for a while. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/about-us/style-book/simon-heffers-style-notes/

  18. peter 5 Silver badge
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    The best...

    I was into the third paragraph before I twigged...it just seemed so plausible. Nice work.

  19. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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    "Find out what everyone's doing, and stop them doing it"

    Superb.

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