Tony Metcalf (Metro US, Metro UK) dies

Screen Shot 2013-07-18 at 2.59.28 PMTony Metcalf, editor-in-chief of Metro US, passed away Sunday at age 50 after a brief but heroic battle with colon cancer.

Metcalf was born in 1963 in Newton Aycliffe, Northern England, and spent his formative years in Cramlington. He was the Head of Journalism at Darlington Technical College where he had initially qualified as a journalist many years previously. Metcalf’s journalism career started in earnest as assistant editor at the Northern Echo, a daily regional morning newspaper serving the northeast of England. In 2000, he made the leap to editor-in-chief for Metro International, a position which saw Metcalf traveling the world, launching new Metro newspapers in more than 20 cities.

In 2003, he left Metro to launch 7Days, a free daily tabloid published in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where he worked for three years before selling the paper to the Associated Newspapers of the U.K. He returned to Metro, this time to its U.S. division, in 2008 to oversee publications in New York, Philadelphia and Boston as well as the paper’s fledgling online department. (source: Metro US) – picture Rikard Larma, Metro US

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