July 16th, 2016
Swiss publisher Tamedia, owner of free papers 20 Minuten in Switzerland, L’Essentiel in Luxemburg and MetroXpres (Metro) in Denmark, has bought 25.5 % of Austrian free daily Heute.
Heute started in 2004 and is the market leader in Austria.
In Switzerland Tamedia als owns paid paper Tages Anzeiger.
June 20th, 2016
The Hungarian edition of free newspaper Metro (Metropol) in Hungary published its last edition on June 14th after 18 years.
The paper was launched by Metro International in 1998. In July 2011 Megapolis Media Inc (a company with ties to the government) took over.
January 13th, 2016
The Belgian publisher Rossel is buying 49,3% of the shares of leading French free daily 20 Minutes from Norwegian media group Schibsted.
The remaining shares are in the hands of the French group Sipa-Ouest France.
20 Minutes was launched in 2002.
Rossel publishes in Belgium free daily Metro.
November 16th, 2015
24 Hours Toronto has been redesigned this week. An example of the paper by Sun Media\Quebecor is below. The paper was launched in 2003.
There are also editions in Vancouver and Montreal. editions in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton closed in 2013. Total circulation is 550.000.
The website of free Toronto daily newspaper 24 Hours Toronto is updated to a full responsive version. A marketing campaign will support the launch.
November 5th, 2015
The Moscow Times, one of the oldest – pre-Metro – free newspapers in the world, has gone weekly this month. The newspaper was founded in 1992 by Independent Media (Dutch entrepreneur and journalis Derk Sauer was one of the founders.
The English-language paper went daily in October 1992. In 2006 it is was acquired by Finnish publisher SanomaWSOY who sold it to a Russian entrepreneur Demyan Kudryavtsev, a former chief executive of publishing house Kommersant, this spring.
It had a circulation of 35.000 and is distributed through 500 points in Moscow.
Derk Sauer annouced the non-daily plan already some weeks ago but on the website there is no information about the switch. There is, however, no daily paper later than October 30 available.
Editor in chief Nabi Abdullaev resigned because he and Kudryavtsev don’t see eye to eye about editorial independence.
June 9th, 2015
Daily financial freesheet City AM has appointed Christian May, communications chief at the Institute of Directors, as its new editor.
May, who has no senior editorial experience, replaces David Hellier, who is leaving after just eight months as editor.
The 28-year old May, who has experience as a columnist and has contributed to City AM, describes his specialisms on LinkedIn as “speechwriting, campaigning, media strategies and public affairs”.
Chief executive Jens Torpe, who co-founded the paper 10 years ago alongside Lawson Muncaster, said: “As we enter the next decade of City AM, we are delighted to welcome Christian on board as editor. We were extremely impressed by his work at the Institute of Directors and as a contributor for City AM, and believe he has the energy and vision to build on the paper’s reputation within the business community.”
June 1st, 2015
Free Icelandic daily Frettabladid was lauched in 2001. It is delivered in greater Reyjavik (and Akureyri in the north) door-to-door in most households and is also available in shops, kiosks, and petrol stations.
Initially it was published six times a week, in September 2003 this was extended to seven days. A few year back the Sunday edition was dropped again.
Circulation in the past years is between 65,000 and 100,000. The paper is the largest newspaper in the country.
The paper changed hands a few times and is now owned by 365 Media, part of the Dagsbrún group.
In May 2005, the second free paper in the country Bladid (newspaper) was launched; 80,000 copies of the new title were distributed door-to-door from Monday till Friday in Reykjavik and surrounding towns. The tabloid counted 32 pages and employed 30 people. In 2008 Bladid closed down.
May 28th, 2015
Norwegian publisher Schibsted has received an offer for its 49.3 percent share in 20 Minutes France from the Belgium Groupe Rossel.
The publisher “is now entering a phase of exclusive negotiation. If agreement on terms is reached, the deal is subject to a standard approval process with the French Competition Authorities. The transaction is estimated to close around October 2015.”
Rossel owns newspapers, magazines and websites in French Belgium (Le Soir, La Meuse) and the north of France (La Voix du Nord). It also has a stake in Belgium commercial broadcter RTL. In total it owns dozen of media brands.
The remaining shares of 10 Minutes are owned by groupe SIPA-Ouest-France, also owning regional newspapers in France.
The group said on their website that the plan were to strenghten the 20 Minutes brand.
“If the deal goes through we strongly believe that Rossel will be a good new shareholder for 20 Minutes in France. Rossel is a major player in news media in Belgium, with solid presence in France ; it shares the same publishing values as Ouest France, 20 Minutes’ other reference shareholder, and as such gives 20 Minutes a perspective of continuity. Over the last 13 years, Ouest France proved a solid and trustworthy partner in 20 Minutes; we wish them all the best for the future,” says Pierre-Francois Marteau, Senior Vice President of Strategy at Schibsted and former Chair of the Board at 20 Minutes France.
20 Minutes is the leading free daily in France, second is Direct Matin. Third paper Metro (now Metronews, owned by TF1) is about to be closed.
May 25th, 2015
The chances that Metro France will be published in 2016 are slim. TF1, the commercial broadcaster that owns the paper since 2011, is thinking about closing the paper.
The president of TF1 announced that 60 people (out of a 100) will lose the job at the third (after 20 Minutes and Matin Plus) free paper in France.
IN 2014 the paper lost € 10 million. It stopped publisher on hollidays and even on other day when they expect little advertising. These savings were noyt enough.
A digital-only future for Metro will an option. (Les Echo’s)
February 17th, 2015
The Hungarian edition of Metro (Metro International) was launched on September 7, 1998 in Budapest. In April 2001 a national edition started.
In 2004 Metro became the second paper in the country (after Blikk). Metro expanded the national edition on in 2005 to five more cities.
After a lawsuit between Metro Hungary and Metro Cash & Carry AG in August 2008 Metro had to change its name to Metropol.
In 2010 Metropol moved to the half-Berliner format like Metro in the Czech Republic.
In 2011 Metro was sold to Megapolis Media Inc for €700,000. The Metro edition continued as as a franchise in Hungary. The publisher has strong ties to the government.
March 2007 Busz lanched. The paper was mostly distributed by hand in Budapest. During two days another daily publication Vonat (train) was published, according to the publisher this title would be back in September 2007 but it never did.
Publisher Frenk Reklám és Kiadó Kft closed Busz in June 2007.
Total curculation in Hungary was above 400,000 copies in 2007 (the Busz-period), it is now around 400,000 again according to the publisher.