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Welsh paper launch 'under review'
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The newspaper hopes to attract 5,000 subscribers at launch
Plans to launch Wales's first daily Welsh language newspaper next March are under review.

Y Byd (The World), was to be launched on 3 March, and owner Dyddiol Cyf said it was pushing ahead, but admitted it was looking at the timetable.

It said the move was prompted by a wider review of the Welsh language press by the heritage minister and the Welsh Language Board.

Its base will be in Machynlleth, Powys, employing 24, including 12 journalists.

Ned Thomas, the chairman of Dyddiol Cyf, said he welcomed the support offered to Welsh language publications from the Welsh Assembly Government, and the review that is currently underway.

He added: "As the process of reviewing the Welsh language press continues, Dyddiol Cyf is waiting eagerly to hear what kind of support will be available to help fund a daily newspaper."

"The timetable given for this process means that the launch date for Y Byd is under review."

'Important phase'

Plans for the newspaper were unveiled over the summer.

It aims to cover Welsh, UK and international news, and hopes to attract 5,000 subscribers for the launch.

Mr Thomas added that the groundwork for the publication was still pushing ahead.

"Preparations to set up the first ever daily newspaper, Y Byd, are approaching an important phase," he added.

"Our original plan was to launch on 3 March 2008. In the meantime, the work to prepare for Y Byd continues."


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