South Wales Argus

The South Wales Argus is a daily tabloid newspaper published in Newport, South Wales. The Argus is distributed in Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly Monmouthshire and Torfaen.[3]

The South Wales Argus
South Wales Argus front page in July 2007
TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherNewsquest Media (Southern) Ltd.
EditorNicole Garnon
HeadquartersCardiff Road, Maesglas, Newport NP20 3QN
Circulation13,197 (January 2014-July 2014)[2]
WebsiteSouth Wales Argus


The paper was founded as the South Wales Argus and Monmouthshire Daily Leader on 30 May 1892. An early description of the paper reads, "The South Wales Argus, the only evening paper printed and published in Newport and Monmouthshire was established in 1892, and the South Wales Weekly Argus and Star of Gwent the only weekly paper printed and published in Newport, was established in 1829. A leading object in the management has been to keep the legitimate claims of Newport and the County to the front, the proprietary including gentlemen, largely interested in the industrial, shipping, mining and commercial life of Newport, the neighbouring counties, and of South Wales generally".[4] On 15 May 1896 the Monmouthshire Daily Leader part was dropped and latterly the definite article has also been dropped.[5]

During the First World War it strongly supported the war effort and organised schemes to send cigarettes, footballs and other gifts to troops. It did, however, speak out against xenophobia, particularly condemning the treatment of Max Grabner. Although German by birth, Grabner was naturalised British and had a British wife and son serving in the British Army. In 1916 he was dismissed from hi the s post as teacher of modern languages at Newport Intermediate School. In 1918 he was refused a license as a taxi driver by the town council, a decision that was condemned by the Argus as 'ugly spite'.[6]


The newspaper has been edited for the majority of its life from the paper's office at 9 Cardiff Road, Newport. However in 2018 it was announced that the site would be redeveloped by supermarket chain Lidl and the paper would relocate, likely to a site in the city centre.[7]


The Argus has a circulation of around 13,000 and is owned by Newsquest, a subsidiary of Gannett.[8][9][10][11]

From its first publication until 7 March 2008 the paper was an evening paper printed in Newport. Since 10 March 2008 the paper has been a morning paper printed in Oxford or Worcester.


The current editor is Nicole Garnon, who joined the paper in 1987 as a trainee reporter. She has also been the newspaper's health reporter, news editor and deputy editor.[12]

Past editors include:

  • Charles Stentiford (1892-1917)
  • W. J. Townsend Collins (1917-1939)
  • George Hoare (1939-1951)
  • Kenneth Loveland (1951-1970)
  • Ken Griffin (1970-1987)
  • Steve Hoselitz (1987-1994)
  • Gerry Keighley (1994-2012)
  • Kevin Ward (2012-2016)


  1. The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) pg615 ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6
  3. British Newspapers Online - South Wales Argus
  4. Yesterday's Newport, Terry Underwood
  5. Berry, D. (2008). "The South Wales Argus and Cultural Representations of Gwent". Journalism Studies. 9: 105–126. doi:10.1080/14616700701768170.
  6. "Journey's End". South Wales Argus. 18 October 2018.
  7. "Argus to move from office after 49 years". 20 August 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  8. "ABC figures: How the regional dailies performed". HoldTheFrontPage. UK. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  9. Newsquest contacts, retrieved 2007-08-04
  10. The South Wales Argus subscription page, retrieved 2007-08-04
  11. About the Argus, retrieved 2007-08-04
  12. Twitter, Freddy Mayhew (26 October 2016). "South Wales Argus editor Kevin Ward to step down after 27 years and start own media consultancy". Press Gazette. Retrieved 7 July 2019.

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