The Herald (Plymouth)

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The Herald is a Reach plc newspaper serving Plymouth. Its website and social media were rebranded as Plymouth Live in 2018. Its editor is Kaite Timms.

The Herald
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Front page of the 3 July 2007 edition
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Reach plc
EditorEdd Moore
HeadquartersMillbay, Plymouth
Sister newspapersWestern Morning News Express & Echo Herald Express

Print and online presenceEdit

The paid-for newspaper has an ABC circulation of 10,048 (Jan-Jun 2020).[1]

The Herald is published six days a week, Monday to Saturday, and has a single edition. It is owned by Reach plc, formerly known as Trinity Mirror.

Its sister titles include the Express & Echo in Exeter, the Herald Express in Torquay and the Western Morning News.

Over 80% of the local adult population in the Plymouth region were said to use The Herald's website in 2013.[2]

In 2018 The Herald's website was rebranded as Plymouth Live[3] by Reach plc.

Its sister websites are Devon Live and Cornwall Live.[4]

Plymouth Live is active on social media, regularly posting breaking news, pictures and videos on its Facebook,[5] Twitter.[6] and Instagram pages[7]

It has more than 133,000 followers on Facebook,[8] more than 60,000 followers on Twitter.[9] and around 12,000 followers on Instagram[10]

The newspaper and the website are managed and run by different teams at its headquarters in Millbay, Plymouth.

The Herald's print team is run by editor Claire Ainsworth and reporter Rachael Atkins.

Edd Moore is the editor of Plymouth Live.[11]. He took over the role in 2018 aged 33 from former editor Paul Burton.[12]

Edd joined the paper as a trainee reporter in 2008. He held several roles before becoming editor, including chief reporter, deputy news editor and head of content.

Plymouth Live's head of content is Sarah Waddington and its deputy head of content is Rom Preston-Ellis.


The history of the Herald stretches back to 2 pm on Monday 22 April 1895 when the Western Evening Herald was launched as Plymouth's first evening newspaper. Various other newspapers had come and gone in Plymouth in the preceding 100 years. The WEH was published by the owners of the Western Daily Mercury. It was then bought by Sir Leicester Harmsworth in 1921 — a year after he bought the Western Morning News company — and was renamed The Evening Herald and Western Evening News on 17 September 1923. On 24 May 1924, the name was changed again to the Western Evening Herald and Western Evening News.

After changing format to tabloid in 1987, the title changed again to the Evening Herald, becoming simply The Herald in October 2006 when its print deadline shifted from midmorning (between 9 am and 11 am) to 1 am to accommodate the 120-mile distribution journey to Plymouth after printing was transferred to Weymouth in Dorset.

Alan Clark, the Conservative MP for Plymouth Sutton from 1974 to 1992, dismissed the people of Plymouth as "believing everything they read in the Herald".[13]

In 2012, Local World acquired owner Northcliffe Media from Daily Mail and General Trust.[14]


  1. ^ "Plymouth - The Herald - Data - ABC | Audit Bureau of Circulations". Retrieved 2020-08-12.
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  13. ^ "History of The Herald". The Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  14. ^ Daily Mail sells regional newspapers to Local World BBC News, 21 November 2012

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