Wales is remarkable within a European context in having no national newspaper and news service. We have numerous regional titles yet the three most read newspapers in Wales are English titles published in London, The Daily Mail, The Sun and The Metro. As the current Covid-19 pandemic has increasingly made clear the UK national print titles pay scant regard to devolution. When discussing health and education they are in fact discussing the health and education services of 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?
It doesn’t have to be this way. We aim to resolve this poor state of affairs by launching Wales first independent, national news service, in print, online and across all relevant social media channels, one that views everything through a Welsh lens.
We will be politically neutral with an independent editorial board made up of representatives from a broad range of Welsh society, civic and political. Our service will hold ALL political parties in Wales to account, we will provide you with local and national news, we will explain how our devolved government works and challenge the pros and cons of greater powers for the Senedd and open a frank discussion around independence.
We will be above all else for Wales, with content relevant wherever you live in Wales, from Amlwch to Chepstow, Pembroke to Prestatyn. And if you’re part of the Welsh diaspora the other side of Offas Dyke or one of the international Welsh family, we’ll be keeping you in touch with what’s happening in Wales.
We will be at the forefront leading the news agenda in Wales, researching and challenging party manifesto pledges, explaining in simple language how the Senedd works and what it can currently deliver and 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.
We have been working with a global media partner, one that has experience in launching new ventures, both here in the UK and in the USA where they are headquartered. We will have editorial freedom and will not be influenced by them.
We have now secured the level of investment required to hit the ground running. We will be employing new journalists and content editors who can deliver the level of quality that you expect, these individuals will work alongside existing colleagues working in all four corners of Wales.
As our subscriber base increases we will be investing in the service, employing more journalists and content editors. By becoming a subscriber you will be investing in the growth of quality journalism in Wales.
We are developing a new kind of news service, one that leads the news agenda and makes best use of video and audio.
Your support has been key in getting us to this point, our supporters will be given access to exclusive content and events. You can continue to play your part by becoming a supporter here. Your support will see the creation of a new national video and audio service.