A leading Welsh nationalist has called for the principality’s national daily newspaper to be taken into public ownership.
Bethan Jenkins, who sits for Plaid Cymru in the Welsh Assembly, said radical measures were needed to save The Western Mail from decline.
Writing on an independent Welsh news website, she said the Assembly government should nationalise the paper before handing it over to a not-for-profit company run by journalists.
Its current owners, Trinity Mirror, told the BBC they were “not going to dignify this with a comment.”
The call follows the announcement this week of a further 14 job losses at TM’s Cardiff-based Media Wales operation which includes the Western Mail.
Ms Jenkins, who is Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales West, wrote: “The time has come where we need to start thinking radical – really radical.
“So let’s start with a suggestion – take the Western Mail into public ownership, reduce its cover price to little or nothing, and rebuild its circulation in
Wales ready to hand back to a not-for-profit, journalist-run co-operative when it is fit and able to take over the reins.
Ms Jenkins said the Welsh government could spend £10m a year on the takeover, protecting 200 jobs at a cost of £50,000 each.
Trinity Mirror has previously denied claims made by the National Union of Journalists that it plans to turn The Western Mail into a weekly.
Ms Jenkins article on the WalesHome website can be read in full here.