23 December 2014

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Regional daily celebrates 50,000th edition

A regional daily newspaper is today marking its 50,000th edition after more than 150 years of publication.

The North Wales Daily Post started life as an edition of the Liverpool Daily Post but became a standalone title in 2003.

It marked its 50,000th edition today with a wraparound montage of memorable front and back pages from the past.

They included the Post’s coverage of the first moon landing, the Penmaenmawr train disaster, the sinking of the Titanic and the investiture of the Prince of Wales.

Alastair Machray, now the editor of the Liverpool Echo, oversaw the title’s demerger from its Liverpool stablemate in 2003.

He said: “I persuaded the Trinity board in Liverpool to create two separate papers: The Liverpool Daily Post and the now-liberated Welsh Daily Post.

“In 2003 I glowed with pride as I escorted Prince Charles around our  headquarters in Llandudno Junction.

“Great Days? That was certainly one of them.”

Current editor Alison Gow said: “This is the first daily newspaper I’ve edited but after more than 20 years in local press, I doubt I’ve worked for one more intertwined with the area it covers.

“The masthead says ‘North Wales best-read daily newspaper’; since 1855 readers have looked to us for news, services and information, and the need to meet these high expectations is what drives all of us here.

“Perhaps the biggest change is the different ways you can now read the Post. There’s our newspaper, just as always, but since April 2013 we’ve introduced a new website, a new mobile site, e-editions for tablet devices and – almost still hot off the press – our new mobile apps.

“I can’t tell you what the 100,000th Daily Post will look like, or how you’ll read it, but I’m utterly sure it will still be around.”

Today’s milestone edition also includes a 16-page commemorative pullout which features messages from ex-editors and top politicians – including Prime Minister David Cameron and Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones.

A gallery for front pages from down the years can be viewed here.

2 Comments

  1. furryoldgreybadger

    Great news. I recall working on the Daily Post as a circulation executive in the early seventies when sales were 100,000 copies a day!

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  2. ex-sub

    I remember on the subbing team at the Bristol Evening Post we had to change the edition number manually every night and we all were sure that there were nights when it was forgotten so no one was really sure which edition number we had reached!!!

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