Barlow said the new site would be more than a blog, and will initially be on a hosted Wordpress site. The team would also explore other platforms besides digital, he said.
The hyperlocal news site will cover the local and national elections in Manchester, besides news stories from the city and the surrounding area.
The site will fill the gap created by what its publishers call the "failures of local journalism." It will take advantage of the low running costs of today's media platforms and use the tools of modern journalism, Barlow said.