Newcastle's historic music venue, the City Hall, has been saved from closure. The City Council has only confirmed that it is 'in talks' with the Theatre Royal Trust about the possibility of taking over the management of the venue.
But I understand proposals will be put to councillors tomorrow that will confirm its future.
Around 13,000 people signed a petition calling for the venue to be saved from council budget cuts. The group behind that campaign has "tentatively" welcomed the development, but wants further guarantees from the council.
– North East Music History spokesman
"We would like a firm guarantee that live music programming will form the major part of Newcastle City Hall's contribution to the city's cultural life. We would also like to see staff from the City Hall given a guarantee of continuing employment."