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Daily looks back on 160 years of history as it marks anniversary

A regional daily has looked back at its history after marking 160 years in the business.

The Western Morning News celebrated the anniversary by publishing a special supplement examining its coverage since 1860.

The 16-page supplement was brought out on 3 January to coincide with the anniversary of the Plymouth-based daily’s first ever edition.

The special publication is also available to buy online.

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In an accompanying comment piece, WMN print editor Philip Bowern wrote: “Most commentary about the media these days highlights how much it has changed.

“But, in truth, there can be few brands that were born in 1860 and still exist, in more or less the same format, in 2020.

“Many newspapers – including the WMN – can make a claim to great longevity and should do so with pride.

“The essential premise behind the launch of the Western Morning News, to bring unbiased reporting and informed comment to the people of the Westcountry, remains as true today as it did in 1860 when our founders, brothers-in-law Edward Spender and William Saunders, first went into print.”