Irish free dailies about to merge

According to The Irish Times, the two Dublin free dailies Herald AM and Metro Ireland are about to merge. As neither of them made a profit since the launch in October 2005, combining the operations would benefit all publishers involved.

The Irish Metro uses the design of Metro UK and is owned by The Irish Times (45%) and Associated Newspapers (publisher of Metro UK, also 45%). Metro International owns 10% of the operation.

Herald AM, launched as a defensive paper by the Evening Herald in Dublin at the same day as Metro, is owed by Independent News media (INM).

The new paper would be called Metro Herald, with Metro International selling their share in the operation.

Each paper distributes between 70,000 and 75,000 copies in Dublin, plans for editions in Cork, Galway and Limerick never materialized.

One Response to “Irish free dailies about to merge”

  1. Newspaper Innovation » Blog Archive » 10 years of Metro UK Says:

    [...] In Ireland Associated is publishing a Metro since 2005 while the company acquired a Dubai version, called 7Days, in 2006. 7Days is also profitable, but the Irish edition, competing with INM’s Herald AM is losing money – both titles will probably merge soon (see previous post). [...]