Metro Herald launch

MetroHerald2009This morning the first issue of the free merged Irish daily Metro Herald was distributed. Circulation is around 70.000. (click to enlarge picture)

The last issues of Metro (Associated Newspapers, the Irish Times, Metro International) and Herald AM (Independent News & Media) were published on December 22.

Metro International pulled out of the operation, which is now jointly owned by Associated Newspapers, the Irish Times and Independent News & Media.

Both Metro and Herald AM were launched in October 2005, but neither of the titles could make a profit in the crowded Dublin market. With half the circulation and without competition from another free daily, chances are better now.

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