The Western Morning News was founded by William Saunders and Edward Spender, father of Sir Wilfrid Spender, on 3 January 1860. It has been published continuously since 1860, including throughout the 1926 General Strike and the Plymouth Blitz. By 1920, however, the Devon newspaper market was getting cramped, with all papers running into financial difficulties. In the same year, Sir Leicester Harmsworth acquired the Western Morning News; from 1 February 1921, the Western Daily Mercury and Western Evening Herald were also taken over, with the papers continuing to be published from the old Mercury offices in Frankfort Street. Shortly before World War II, new offices were constructed on the same site after the demolition of the previous premises; the modern construction allowed the offices to survive the Blitz and publishing continued there until the move to Derriford.
On 8 February 1997, the Morning News followed most local newspapers in the UK and changed format from broadsheet to tabloid.
The Western Morning News is published six days a week, Monday to Saturday, and it aims to provide readers with all the regional, national and international news they need, with a consistent editorial standpoint. The paper also prides itself on the supplements it provides, which cover a vast range of topics, including:
Western Morning Views (Tuesday)
Living Cornwall (Tuesday)
Westcountry Farming (Wednesday)
Westcountry Business (Thursday)
Westcountry Motoring (Friday)
Westcountry Horses (Friday)
Out & About (Friday)
Westcountry Antiques (Saturday)
Westcountry Property (Saturday)
Westcountry Weekend (Saturday)
It also operates a 24-hour news service through its website .