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Call to reverse ‘sharp decline’ of Welsh language newspaper

12 Jan 2022 3 minute read
Yr Herald Cymraeg in 2018

Columnists for the Welsh language Yr Herald Cymraeg newspaper have called on readers to stage a protest out of concern that the newspaper has shrunk and is in danger of disappearing altogether.

Yr Herald Cymraeg is one of Wales’ oldest newspapers, first appearing in Caernarfon in 1855. Since 2004, however, it has only appeared as a supplement inside the Daily Post newspaper.

One of the columnists, author Angharad Tomos, said that the newspaper now amounted to little more than one Welsh language page. She said that she has seen a “sharp decline” since she started contributing to the paper nearly 30 years ago.

She and the other two columnists, Bethan Gwanas and Bethan Jones, are calling on readers to send the company that owns the newspaper a message to protest against the cuts in content.

“It was a standard weekly Welsh paper at that time with its own editor and maintained the tradition of an office in Caernarfon,” Angharad Tomos said.

“The page is now barely tolerated by Reach plc, and they only want a column for me every three weeks – the paper is now just the column by one of three of us.”

Bethan Gwanas, who has been contributing a column for well over 20 years, said that she also regretted seeing such a decline.

“Seeing the paper as a supplement in the Daily Post was a shock, but then the Caernarfon office was closed and the editor lost his job,” she said.

“Now, the page only has one column at a time. The current crew, who change every two minutes, do their best in difficult circumstances. But Reach PLC clearly doesn’t care much about the Welsh language content.”

‘Strong support’

The third columnist, Bethan Jones, who has contributed since 2002, said that the cut in Welsh language content was not due to financial reasons.

“Reach plc made a profit before tax last year of £ 25.7 million, but it cannot afford to invest in the paper,” she said. “Our full-page fee is £25-£40 every three weeks. ”

One of those who has thrown his weight behind the call is the Archdruid, Myrddin ap Dafydd. His idea is to include a daily page of Welsh news, with a vocabulary for learners. This would show respect for the vast Welsh audience who buy the paper and facilitate the language transition for those learning Welsh, he said.

During Covid last year, the three contributed columns free of charge to the Herald because they were so eager to see its continuation. They said there was strong local support for the Herald with more buying the Daily Post on a Wednesday to ensure its continuation.

Reach Plc have been contacted for comment.


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Dai Rob
Dai Rob
8 months ago

Trist i clywed!Sad to clear!
I wonder if it’s feasible for it to Stand Alone, under a different guise? ie “Yr Herald Cymraeg Newydd” which is a seperate entity, with no strings to the old one, starting from fresh, initially with a 2 page print, each week……with or without backup from Reach?!
Smo fi yn gwybod! :S

CJPh
CJPh
8 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

Cefnoga’i hwna!

Dim problem
Dim problem
8 months ago

Perhaps the Cymraeg Mafia should stick their hands in their own pockets and buy the paper, rather than expecting an English print media company to subsidise it for them? Then again, the Nats do enjoy taking subsidies from England…

Richard
Richard
8 months ago
Reply to  Dim problem

Many of those of us who read the DP find the excellent standard of written welsh and topic content of y herald pages at odds with our own linguistic ability and the current crime and road traffic issuea themes of the paper.

I guess putting this ‘ mix and not match ‘ method together is like putting the Guardians lifestyle srction
Inside the ‘ Torygraff ‘ once a week.

And by the way ‘ dim problem’ iyou are better using ‘ Taffia Cymreig if you want to insult folk – you obviously have an issue with 😊

Dim problem
Dim problem
8 months ago
Reply to  Richard

I’m just here to wind up brain-dead Nats like you, Richie-boy!

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
8 months ago
Reply to  Dim problem

You should perhaps consider trying to get yourself a girlfriend.

The papurae bro are a traditional feature of Welsh life. Apart from wasting your life on some neurotic mission to “wind up the nats”, you are insulting the people who read these newspapers.

Penderyn
Penderyn
8 months ago
Reply to  Dim problem

Give me Welsh nationhood over English imperialism anyday John bull

Penderyn
Penderyn
8 months ago
Reply to  Dim problem

England destroyed the Welsh language killing off market demand

Why are you so low IQ on basic knowledge

Penderyn
Penderyn
8 months ago

Create your own

Reach plc has always been anti_welsh……..neo colonislist fluff that never spoke to me about anything affecting local communities

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