Developing this service as a start up would require an incredible amount of up-front costs as well as ongoing running costs. Our discussions during the development of the business plan with similar organisations, such as Berria in the Basque Country, made it clear that to run a service like the one being proposed as a stand alone would involve annual costs of well over seven figures. That is why we have been in discussion over the past 12 months with a number of potential partners who are currently involved in the media landscape of Wales.
We have successfully negotiated a partnership deal with Gannett Media a company who have experience in developing successful news and media start ups, both in the USA and UK. They bring the ability for us to launch a staffed service tieing in with their current output in Wales, Scotland through their subsidiary Newsquest and across the globe through titles such as USA Today.
They have the digital infrastructure that will enable us to deliver a secure, fast and reliable service.
We have also been talking to individuals and existing content creators in Wales exploring how we can collaborate, now that we have a launch date we will be picking up those conversations. We want to support existing voices and develop media plurality here in Wales. If this sounds like you, please get in touch via email or our contact form.