Western Morning News
|News editor||Scott Harrison|
|Founded||3 January 1860|
|Political alignment||Independent right-of-centre; historically Liberal|
|Headquarters||Mill Bay Road Plymouth|
|Sister newspapers||The Herald|
The Western Morning News is published by South West Media Group (formerly known as Westcountry Publications), a division of Local World. Its main office is based in Plymouth and it has journalists based in newsdesks in Exeter, Truro, Penzance and Plymouth. It also has a London editor based in Westminster. Bill Martin is editor of the Western Morning News, while Philip Bowern is head of content and Scott Harrison is head of news.
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 the first edition, including throughout the 1926 General Strike and the Plymouth Blitz. By 1920, 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 Western Morning News followed most local newspapers in the UK and changed format from broadsheet to tabloid. In 2012, Local World acquired owner Northcliffe Media from Daily Mail and General Trust, and on 22 June 2014 the paper was published on a Sunday for the first time.
Readership and website
The Western Morning News is published seven days a week, with the aim to provide readers with regional, national and international news with a consistent editorial standpoint. The paper prides itself on the supplements it provides, which cover a range of topics, including:
- Western Morning Views (Tuesday)
- Living Cornwall (Tuesday)
- Westcountry Farming (Wednesday)
- WoMaN (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 .
- Eastern Morning News, founded by William Saunders, 1864, published in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire
- List of newspapers in the United Kingdom
- "Plymouth — Western Morning News". abc. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
- "Morning News reporters back in Exeter bureau". Western Morning News. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
- Western Morning News at PlymouthData.info
- Daily Mail sells regional newspapers to Local World BBC News, 21 November 2012