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Glamorgan GEM newspaper to close

  (The GEM has served the Vale since 1983)

It has been confirmed that The Glamorgan GEM newspaper, that has served the Vale since 1983, will close.

The news has been confirmed following a meeting between the owners - Tindle Newspapers Ltd - and members of staff.

It comes after the owners of the Vale weekly paper entered a period of consultation with staff - who have been on furlough since the Coronavirus pandemic began.

The paper - which is based in Cowbridge - has six titles in the Vale and Bridgend, and saw all of its staff furloughed and printing suspended at the end of March.

The GEM's six editions cover Barry, Bridgend, Cowbridge, Llantwit Major, Penarth and Porthcawl.

(The paper has served the Vale since 1983)

One staff member told Bro Radio, "To be fair, it was quite reasonable from a business perspective, as although it will be a huge loss for the Vale, it was made clear that it is not viable anymore.

"I am stunned and gutted, it's a career path I've worked really hard for, and now I'm going to have to try and find something else, especially when there's a lack of jobs going in the industry."

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STAFF MEMBER AT THE GLAMORGAN GEM

"It's disheartening and does make me feel quite fearful for my future career path, but I'm hoping something else might come up with Tindle or elsewhere, which would be great."

It's the latest of Welsh media job cuts, after announcements of job losses at the BBC, Newsquest and Reach PLC in Wales, spelling a very uncertain time for the industry.

Following the announcement, Vale MP Alun Cairns has set up a Facebook page, campaigning to save the paper.

(A Facebook page set up to 'Save the Glamorgan GEM)

Mr Cairns previously wrote a letter to Tindle Newspapers, asking them to reassure the readers that the paper would return.

(Alun Cairns asked for reassurance from Tindle Newspapers at the end of July)

Reacting to the news, South Wales Central MS, Andrew RT Davies said, "Over the years the GEM has provided a valuable and important source of news and information for many communities across the Vale of Glamorgan. Will be missed!"

(South Wales Central MS, Andrew RT Davies, gives his response to the news)

Bro Radio have contacted Tindle Newspapers Ltd for a comment.

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6 comments on “Glamorgan GEM newspaper to close”

  1. We will miss the Gem as it was something to look forward to every week with all the local news from the surrounding area.

  2. You thought the gem would have told the children who have shown loyalty to them before posting on fb.

  3. Every Thursday i look forward to reading the Gem Newspaper, it's the only one that gives you all the local news plus local places where you can get items repaired or purchased from. I would be prepared to pay a small amount for it just to keep it going, for the last few months it has been like part of my life has gone missing without it, so, Tindle News, Stop, Look again and Listen to the people that over the years that have always read your paper, and, what about the ones who have complained because they could not get a copy; which is proof that it is a valued paper.

  4. Oh no please please don't let the Gem disappear I have looked forward to it every week for years

    Please have a rethink.

  5. I would pay to receive the Gem. My children were some of the first to deliver the paper. They did West Camp and Legoland. My husband and I would help too. It will be a terrible shame if it never gets printed again.

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