Tabloid format from 2018
In June 2017, Guardian Media Group (GMG) announced that The Guardian and The Observer will relaunch in tabloid format from early 2018. The Guardian confirmed that the launch date for the new format will be 15 January 2018. The first tabloid format Observer will therefore appear on 21 January. GMG also signed a contract with Trinity Mirror – the publisher of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, and Sunday People – to outsource printing of The Guardian and The Observer.
The format change is intended to help cut cost as it allows the paper to be printed by a wider array of presses, and outsourcing the printing to presses owned by Trinity Mirror is expected to generate millions of pounds in savings annually. The move is part of a three-year plan that includes cutting 300 jobs in an attempt to reduce losses to break even point by 2019.