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Tuesday, August 3, 1999 Published at 20:57 GMT 21:57 UK

Special Report

First World Welsh Web is launched

The first World Welsh Web

The first daily Welsh language newspaper on the Internet has been launched at the National Eisteddfod.

BBC Wales is launching the new service which will be available in the autumn.

BBC Wales' Felicity Evans reports on the launch of the World Welsh Web
Controller of BBC Wales Geraint Talfan-Davies says there is a growing demand for all kinds of Internet services.

"The BBC pioneered Welsh language radio, it pioneered Welsh language television and now the BBC is pioneering Welsh language services on the world-wide-web," he said.

"The newspaper will, in effect, be BBC Wales' own 'World Service', providing a global meeting point for Welsh speakers everywhere, from Bangor to Bahrain, from Carmarthen to Caracas.

"The BBC's Online site is now the most popular in Europe," he said.

"I am confident that there will be a demand and look forward to it growing over the years."

[ image: The World Welsh Web will be available in the autumn]
The World Welsh Web will be available in the autumn
The online newspaper will also contain sport and features and will have a searchable news archive.

Visitors to the Anglesey site are hoping for a finer day at the festival after Tuesday's torrential downpours.

Eisteddfod-goers are being invited to create a poem or phrase as an inscription to the entrance of the planned millennium arts centre in Cardiff Bay.

For visitors who did not like the rain on Tuesday there was always the shelter of the pavilion where competitions were running all day.

Highlights included the prize-giving for the best musical composition won by Ceiri Torrjussen, originally from Cardiff but now studying in the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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