The National Wales is launching a new app and several newsletters after taking the decision to focus on growing our digital audience.

This means we'll be stopping our weekly print edition, reverting to a pop-up model in future.

The edition published today, Saturday, November 13, is the final weekly print edition, for now at least.

The National and our journalism continues online where we will carry on doing what we set out to do back in March, cover the news from a Welsh perspective, to hold power to account and bring a fresh voice to Welsh media.

The National Wales: The National Wales Big Green issue, published November 13, 2021The National Wales Big Green issue, published November 13, 2021

Why the change?

Our plan from the outset was to grow a largely subscriber-funded digital news service for Wales. We launched with a print edition initially as a way to highlight the digital launch, following it with a special edition ahead of the May Senedd contest.

The popularity of those two editions persuaded us to take the title weekly to help us grow The National as a brand. Now that job is done, we’re stopping the weekly edition in print.

Instead, we are launching a weekly email newsletter - The Edition - for online subscribers, which will deliver all the important stories, best journalism and most insightful opinion, chosen by me, direct to your inbox each week.

We’ve also launched an app, which gives subscribers an advert-free reading experience on your phone or tablet.

And we have more email newsletters in the pipeline too.

Senior reporter will bring you culture, history and human interest in Wales Uncovered; the irrepressible Rebecca Wilks will highlight how we're holding power to account in Social Justice Wales, and you'll be able to enjoy the most insightful opinion writing, including regular columnists and guest op-eds, on Sunday mornings with The National Conversation.

Plus, we already have our Welsh Football Leagues newsletter every Friday morning from David Williams, previewing the news from the men’s and women’s Welsh leagues.

Publishing a weekly national newspaper has been an absolute joy, especially because we’ve had such wonderful feedback from our newspaper readers over the past six months. Seeing many of you sharing that you’ve been reading or buying the paper on your social media channels, or by sending us emails or letters has been humbling.

We were honoured to be a finalist in the News Awards earlier this week in the weekly newspaper category.

As someone who has worked in the news media for more than two decades, I’ve been particularly proud that we have introduced many new readers to a physical newspaper for the first time.

We still see print as part of the future of The National and we'll announce our plans for that in the New Year.

I know those of you who love print will be disappointed not to be able to pick up a copy at your local newsagent or supermarket every week. I understand. If you believe in what we do, or enjoy the journalism we produce, please become an online subscriber.

I can recommend the advert-free reading experience on the app and suggest you try using it on your tablet or phone. The app can even read the articles aloud to you, and you might also enjoy all the extra puzzles you get too.

And our newsletters - which you can sign up for via the 'my account' tab in the top right of the website - are a great way to get curated news direct from our journalists, with a bit of extra insight from the team too.

Our mission remains the same as when we launched on March 1 – to be a national news service for all of Wales, to hold power to account and to lead the news agenda in Wales. Although do we carry some advertising, it is our digital subscribers who make that possible. If you support our mission, please subscribe.

Diolch yn fawr iawn,

Gavin Thompson