No. 15 in a 67-part series: Hungary, 17 years of Metro
The Hungarian edition of Metro (Metro International) was launched on September 7, 1998 in Budapest. In April 2001 a national edition started.
In 2004 Metro became the second paper in the country (after Blikk). Metro expanded the national edition on in 2005 to five more cities.
After a lawsuit between Metro Hungary and Metro Cash & Carry AG in August 2008 Metro had to change its name to Metropol.
In 2010 Metropol moved to the half-Berliner format like Metro in the Czech Republic.
In 2011 Metro was sold to Megapolis Media Inc for €700,000. The Metro edition continued as as a franchise in Hungary. The publisher has strong ties to the government.
March 2007 Busz lanched. The paper was mostly distributed by hand in Budapest. During two days another daily publication Vonat (train) was published, according to the publisher this title would be back in September 2007 but it never did.
Publisher Frenk Reklám és Kiadó Kft closed Busz in June 2007.
Total curculation in Hungary was above 400,000 copies in 2007 (the Busz-period), it is now around 400,000 again according to the publisher.