Wales is remarkable within a European context in having no national newspaper and news service. We have regional titles and the two most read newspapers in Wales are English titles published in London, The Daily Mail and The Sun. The UK national print titles pay scant regard to devolution, when discussing education and health they are in fact those services in England.
In such circumstances is it a wonder why discussions around the future of Wales, its institutions and politics, at local, regional and national levels aren’t being discussed within our communities?
We aim to resolve this poor state of affairs by launching Wales first national news service, in print, online and across all relevant social media channels.
Our service will hold all political parties in wales to account, we will provide you with local and national news, we will be pro devolution and challenge the pros and cons of independence.
We will be above all else for Wales, with content relevant wherever you live in Wales, from Amlwch to Chepstow, Pembroke to Prestatyn.
Doing this properly and professionally has a cost. Setting this up as a start up would involve a substantial amount of up-front costs and future running costs. That is why we have been in discussion over the past 12 months with a number of potential partners, partners who would enable the business plan to become a commercial reality, partners who have the expertise and reach to make this a reality.
We want to run a five month fully resourced and staffed pilot from the 1st of January to the end of May 2021. Why this period? On Thursday the 6th of May 2021 the people of Wales will go to the polls in what is likely to be one of the most hotly contested elections in Wales since the first Assembly election of 1999.
We will be at the forefront leading the news agenda in Wales during this time, researching and challenging manifesto pledges, explaining in simple language how the Senedd works and what it can achieve. We will look at ways that Wales can do things differently and create a platform to discuss ideas for a better more prosperous Wales.
In order to achieve this we need your support, more specifically 5,000 of you are willing to invest £5 a month for the 5 month period.
We will spend the coming weeks and months building that team of individuals who see the benefit of creating a national news platform for Wales.
Are you in?