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Welsh community news site hits one million mark

A hyperlocal website in Wales has reached its one millionth page view ten months after its launch. celebrated the milestone by distributing  celebratory leaflets to 2,500 homes.

The site was set up by Graham Breeze, a previous editor-in-chief at regional publisher NWN Media, along with former colleague David Williams.

David said he had been “blown away” by the success of the site, which covers news, sport, business and features has so far seen 46,566 people logging on in 102 countries.

He said: “We seem to have created a formula that is really enjoyed by readers who return day after day.

“Importantly too, the advertisers like the policy of us ‘reaching out to their next customer’ so it has become an overwhelming success in a very short space of time.”

David said the business has attracted interest from investors as well as established media organisations and believes the next six months will be an exciting time with plans to launch in more towns and also offer ‘mytown’ franchises.

He said the site has also become a commercial success, with advertising space virtually sold out and sister site which was launched in December proving  equally popular.

He added: “At a time when newspapers are closing or cutting costs, we are doing the opposite and looking to expand and grow.

“We have already been contacted by a lot of redundant or retired journalists hoping to buy one of our franchises and we hope to make an announcement on this side of the business very soon.”