Monday, 04 Nov 2019 12:38 GMT

Local title saved in “eleventh hour”

A Spanish advertising firm has saved almost half of jobs set to be lost due to the closure of local Welsh weekly titles.

Herald News UK, which publishes the Pembrokeshire Herald, Carmarthenshire Herald and Llanelli Herald, recently announced that it had ceased operations, putting 24 jobs at risk.

However, Rigographic Espana has now entered into a six-figure cash-for-shares agreement to save The Pembrokeshire Herald which will now continue as a print title. As a result, ten out of 24 jobs have been saved. The Carmarthenshire Herald and Llanelli Herald will continue as online publications only.

Based in Milford Haven, The Pembrokeshire Herald was founded in 2013 by editor Tom Sinclair and is published every Friday. 

It’s not a time for celebration as we still have colleagues who have lost their jobs. However, for the remaining team we now have to get on with reporting the news and getting the papers out each Friday

Chief executive officer of Rigographic Espana tells the weekly title: “As a campaigning newspaper, The Pembrokeshire Herald has served its customers well over the last six and a half years.

“Its circulation is strong, and the website is extremely popular. I believe with the reduced costs business model we can secure the future of the newspaper.”

Although the future of the newspaper is now secure, Sinclair adds: “I am excited that we have been given a new opportunity. It’s not a time for celebration as we still have colleagues who have lost their jobs.

“However, for the remaining team we now have to get on with the job of reporting the news and getting the papers out each Friday.”

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