UAE free daily newspaper 7DAYS is going weekly

November 20th, 2016

In October of 2016 7DAYS has moved from weekly to daily.

Media said the company “will see increased focus on digital platforms and a transition away from being a print-centric publisher”.

The title currently has a print run of 75,000 Sunday to Thursday with free distribution throughout Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It will now be distributed only on Thursday, with more analysis and depth to its articles, and longer features. The topics covered will remain the same.

Mark Rix, CEO of 7DAYS Media, said print advertising has been declining for 7DAYS, as it has been across the industry. “We were performing better than the market for the past 12 months,” he said. “But that’s still a decline in print advertising.” He added: “If you are not
able to offer a rounded solution – events, digital, content, print, the whole 360-degree solution – then you are dead.” (Middle East Campaign)

Tamedia aquires 25.5 % of Austrian free daily Heute

July 16th, 2016

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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.

Metro Hungary stops

June 20th, 2016

metro_Hungary_2011The 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.

Rossel buys Schibsted share in French 20 Minutes

January 13th, 2016

20MinutesFranceThe 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.

New design for Toronto 24hours website

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.


The Moscow Times becomes a weekly

November 5th, 2015

the moscow times newsThe 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.

New editor for London free business daily City AM

June 9th, 2015

CityAM1000Daily 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.”

(The Guardian)

Iceland, free newspaper Frettabladid rules

June 1st, 2015

frettabladid 2015Free 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.


Groupe Rossel bids for Schibsted stake in French 20 minutes

May 28th, 2015

20MinutesFranceNorwegian 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.


Metro France about to close down in print

May 25th, 2015

metro_france_kioskThe 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)