Herald AM & Metro to merge

The merger plans for Irish free dailies Metro and Herald AM are now officially confirmed. Metro Ireland is owned by Associated Newspapers, The Irish Times and Metro International. Independent News and Media, publishers of paid paper Evening Herald own Herald AM.

The new paper will be called Metro Herald, Metro International will sell its share in the company. All other shareholders will have one third of the business. The merger still has to be approved by the Competition Authority.

The circulation will be around 70,000 copies – the same as the current circulation of both papers. (Irish Times)

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