Plaid Cymru in call to save Welsh weekly

By David Rose and Sarah Lagan

Trinity Mirror is under pressure from Plaid Cymru to think again
about its controversial decision to close the weekly Yr Herald
newspaper in Caernarfon, ending 150 years of service to the Welsh
speaking community.

Around eight of the paper’s pages will be incorporated into the Welsh edition of the Daily Post and there will be no job losses.

Caernarfon
MP Hywel Williams said: “This will bring to an end the Herald’s
glorious and radical 150 years of serving the Welsh-speaking community
in north west Wales.”

With the backing of the party’s three other
MPs, including Parliamentary leader Elfyn Llwyd, Williams tabled a
Commons motion this week, condemning the decision and pleading with
Trinity Mirror to think again.

A Trinity Mirror North West &
North Wales spokesman said: ” Yr Herald currently sells just 1,300
copies a week and has been loss-making for some time.

“As part of
the Post it will reach a weekly audience of 110,000. Far from bringing
the history of Yr Herald to an end, this move enables its survival.”

Meanwhile,
a new 32-page Welsh language daily newspaper is being planned for
launch. Called Y Byd (The World), it aims to be a mid-to-upmarket
tabloid published from Monday to Friday by an independent publisher.

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