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The National Wales closes print weekly but launches new digital services

The National Wales is returning to being digital-only offering, with the closure of its weekly print title. A number of new digital services from the title have been announced.

The National Wales closes print weekly but launches new digital services
Gavin Thompson: “We feel now is the time to focus only on the digital opportunity for The National.”

On the March 1, 2021, The National Wales launched as a new digital news service for Wales. To coincide with the launch, it published a souvenir print edition followed by a special edition to preview the Welsh Senedd election.

Since then, The National Wales has also published a weekly Saturday edition.

On Saturday, November 13, the print edition will return to its pop-up format, says Newsquest, and the team will be focusing all its energies on the core digital service. Details of The National’s pop-up print plans will be shared in the New Year.

Readers can now access all The National Wales’ content via the website and its new mobile and tablet app. The app is ad free and will give access to any future print editions.

In addition, the National Wales will be launching a number of new email newsletters in the coming weeks, including:

  • The Edition: Published on Saturday mornings featuring the best content from the week for those who enjoy a curated weekly digital of Welsh news and comment.
  • The National Conversation: The week’s best opinion writing, featuring regular columnists and guests, sent every Sunday morning.
  • Wales Uncovered: A weekly round-up from writer Twm Owen of the best culture, history, human interest and quirky stories.
  • Social Justice Wales: Featuring coverage of social issues, curated by reporter Rebecca Wilks.

Gavin Thompson, editor, said: “Since launching in March we’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response The National has received and we’re delighted that to have proved that there is a huge appetite for a new national news service for all of Wales.

“Our original intention was to be digital only, but we had such a strong response from our early pop-up print editions, that we built out a weekly print newspaper as well. With the digital audience going from strength to strength, we feel now is the time to focus only on the digital opportunity for The National and are launching a host of new digital features and content, with more to come.”

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