Free dailies in Greece

Last week I was at a conference in Greece and also did some free newspapers research, visiting free daily City Press and trying to get my hands on some free papers.

The talk at City Press made it very clear: Q1 was a very difficult quarter for all newspapers, with the old 2008 contracts expiring and advertisers extremely careful with new contracts.

The weird thing in Athens, however, is that newspaper boxes are almost always empty, only very early in the morning a copy can be found a major subway stations. City Press does three different distribution runs but nevertheless papers disappear quickly. Sometimes more than a dozen empty boxes and lined up. (click on picture for bigger version)

Apart from City Press two other free dailies is published: Metro and (the much smaller) Metropolis. The other boxes belong to free weeklies. City Press also distributes its Free Sunday through the boxes.

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