Western Morning News

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The Western Morning News is a politically independent daily regional newspaper founded in 1860 and covering Devon and Cornwall and parts of Somerset and Dorset.


The Western Morning News is published by South West Media Group (formerly known as Westcountry Publications), a division of the Northcliffe Newspapers Group. Its main office is based in Plymouth and it has journalists based in offices in Truro, Penzance,and Plymouth. It also has a London editor based in Westminster. Alan Qualtrough is editor of the Western Morning News, while Philip Bowern is deputy editor, Steve Grant is news editor and Scott Harrison is deputy news editor.


The Western Morning News was founded by William Saunders and Edward Spender, father of Sir Wilfrid Spender, on 3 January 1860. It has been published continuously since 1860, including throughout the 1926 General Strike and the Plymouth Blitz. By 1920, however, the Devon newspaper market was getting cramped, with all papers running into financial difficulties. In the same year, Sir Leicester Harmsworth acquired the Western Morning News; from 1 February 1921, the Western Daily Mercury and Western Evening Herald were also taken over, with the papers continuing to be published from the old Mercury offices in Frankfort Street. Shortly before World War II, new offices were constructed on the same site...
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