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The Western Mail is a daily tabloid newspaper published by Media Wales Ltd in Cardiffmarker, Walesmarker owned by the UK's largest newspaper company, Trinity Mirror.

Although it describes itself as "the national newspaper of Wales" (originally "the national newspaper of Wales and Monmouthshiremarker"), the Western Mail has a very limited circulation in North Walesmarker. The paper was published in broadsheet format until 2004, when it became a compact.

The Western Mail was founded in Cardiffmarker in 1869 by John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute as a penny daily paper. Lascelles Carr (1841-1902), editor since 1869, bought the paper with Daniel Owen in 1877. Historically in South Walesmarker the Western Mail has always been associated with its original owners, the coal and iron industrialists. Often this led to the paper being regarded with a considerable degree of enmity, especially during the strikes in the coal industry of the 20th century. This association between newspaper and its owner was so strong there is still a degree of distrust of the paper in South Wales.

On the other hand, and particularly following devolution, the newspaper has adopted a populist, localist, pro-Wales stance, mainly in trying to find a Welsh focus on major news stories. The newspaper has also stressed the community issues such as the closure of Welsh schools The newspaper devotes a great deal of its coverage to Welsh rugby.

The paper has varied the amount of space given over to Welsh language coverage, but currently at least two full pages of Welsh are provided in the Saturday supplement.

See also


  1. Minutes of the Welsh Local Government Association Co-ordinating Committee, 26 March 2004
  2. The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) pg615 ISBN 9780708319536

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