Handelsblatt am Abend & 20 cents close

The German Holtzbrinck group (Handelsblatt) will shut down the print editions of its free evening daily Handelsblatt am Abend. The digital edition will continue for the time being, a move to “increase flexibility” according to the publisher (quoted in Kress.de).

The paper is published in three editions (see previous post) and had a circulation of around 30,000. It was distributed on first class trains and on Air Berlin flights.

Also cheap paper ‘20 cent’ will shut down. The paper was launched in 2004 in Cotbus and in 2005 in the Saarland area by paid local papers belonging to the Holtzbrinck group. The last issues will be published on 28 February.

Holtzbrinck had not been lucky with free or cheap dailies, in 2007 the free business daily Business News was shut down. This paper was the successor of cheap (50ct) paper News, launched in 2004.

Now there is only one free daily in the largest newspaper market in Europe: Süddeutsche Zeitung Primetime, a 16 page A4-format evening preview version of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, circulation 13,000.

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