Media Wales

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Media Wales Ltd. is a publishing company based in Cardiff, Wales. As of 2009 it was owned by Reach plc (formerly known as the Trinity Mirror Group).[2] It was previously known as the Western Mail & Echo Ltd.

Media Wales Ltd.
HeadquartersSix Park Street, Cardiff, Wales
ProductsNational and regional newspapers
WebsiteWales Online


Scott Road view, Media Wales offices, Cardiff, Wales, 2009

The Western Mail was founded in 1869 by the 3rd Marquess of Bute as a Conservative newspaper.[3] In 1893, the original building in St. Mary Street was destroyed by fire and a new building was opened also in St Mary Street two years later.[3]

In 1928 the Western Mail Ltd amalgamated with David Duncan & Sons, who published the South Wales Daily News and the South Wales Echo, which was established in 1884.[3] The merged company became Western Mail and Echo Ltd. and because of the merger Evening Express and South Wales Daily News closed.[3] In 1960, the newspapers left St Mary Street and moved to Thomson House, Cardiff.[3]

On 1 October 2007 Western Mail and Echo Ltd changed its name to Media Wales,[4] and in 2008 Media Wales moved from Thomson House in Havelock Street to a newly built office block, named Six Park Street, next to the old building.[5]

The printing plant relocated to Portmanmoor Road, where it printed the Western Mail, South Wales Echo, South Wales Evening Post and the Llanelli Star. It also printed other independently owned titles, including the Pembrokeshire Herald.[6] In November 2016, the parent company Trinity Mirror (Reach plc), announced its plans to close the printing plant and transfer all printing to either its printing plants in Birmingham or Watford.[6]


WalesOnline is the Media Wales website for Welsh news. Its editor is Steffan Rhys.[7]


Cardiff Online is Media Wales' portal for news from the country's capital. The different sections include information on local community news, yourCardiff, lifestyle, Parklife (local sport), Cardiff Blues, Cardiff City F.C. and Cardiff Devils.[8]


Pizzaman is Wales’ first online drama series, broadcast by WalesOnline. The mini-series was created by former film students Teilo Trimble and James Robson, who took inspiration from Robson's stint as a takeaway driver following graduation.

It featured 15 short films ranging between four and eight minutes, all shot in different locations around Cardiff, which follow student deliveryman Taj. Each episode is named after a district of Cardiff.[9]


Front page of the earliest surviving copy of the Welsh newspaper South Wales Daily News; 7 February 1872

The company also operates several news websites focused on Welsh news and classified advertising.[2]

Media Wales titles are published by Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales, part of Reach plc and include:[2][10]


Former offices and plants
Western Mail and South Wales Echo head offices, St Mary Street, 1958
Media Wales, printing plant and main offices, Thomson House, Havelock Street, Cardiff, Wales 2007
Western Mail and Echo printing plant, Portmanmoor Road, 2012


  1. ^ Jaggery. "A corner of the Media Wales offices, Cardiff". Geograph. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Wales - Trinity Mirror Plc". Archived from the original on 24 September 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e "National Library of Wales - Western Mail & Echo Ltd Records". National Library of Wales. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  4. ^ "New name for Wales' skyline". Media Wales. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Move begins new era for paper". Media Wales. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Trinity Mirror set to axe South Wales print plant". HoldtheFrontPage. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  7. ^ "WalesOnline: News, sport, weather and events from across Wales".
  8. ^ "Cardiff: Latest news, sport and events in the Welsh capital from WalesOnline".
  9. ^ WalesOnline (30 June 2010). "Pizzaman - WalesOnline's web drama launches".
  10. ^ "About Us". WalesOnline. Archived from the original on 11 December 2021. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  11. ^ "Now Cardiff Post has become the Echo Extra". WalesOnline. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
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