Weekly ‘The National’ newspaper comes to an end after eight months
The weekly The National newspaper has announced that it is coming to an end after eight months.
The newspaper by the company Newsquest, which also published the pro-independence Scottish The National, launched in March with a special edition before the Senedd election, and then from April onwards as a weekly newspaper.
However, the newspaper announced today that it would cease as a weekly publication, with “special editions” planned in 2022.
Writing in this week’s edition, the editor Gavin Thompson said that the price of newsprint was “rising sharply” and that distributing a weekly newspaper across the country was “expensive”.
He added that they were “looking into the best way we can do that in future, perhaps through special editions or other means of distribution”.
He added that publishing the weekly national newspaper had “been an absolute joy” and that they would continue to post content online.
“As someone who has worked in print for two decades, I’ve been particularly proud that we have introduced many new readers to a physical newspaper for the first time,” he said.
He added: “I know many of you reading this love print, and many will be disappointed not to be able to pick up a copy at your local newsagent or supermarket every week. I understand.”
Sarah Hughes, the Print Content Editor of The National, wrote on social media that she was “really sad to no longer be bringing you a weekly print edition of the National”.
“I’m really proud of the paper we’ve produced and look forward to working on some special editions next year,” she said.
“Thanks to everyone who bought a copy over the past few months.”