Archive for the ‘People’ Category

Auckland rejoins Metro

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

As was suggested earlier on this blog, Steve Auckland will indeed rejoin Metro to replace Linda Grant as managing director.

Auckland previously led Metro from 2002 to March 2011. (TheDrum)

Circulation and readership are in the graph (click for bigger version) below.


Changes at Metro UK

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-12-01 at 10.09.29According to a post in The Guardian by Roy Greenslade, former Metro man Steve Auckland is about to return to Metro UK.

Auckland joined David Montgomery’s Local World in 2011, but has recently resigned after what The Guardian called “a clash of pernonalities“.

This Friday – 29 November – Metro’s managing director Linda Grant and marketing director Bryan Scott have left the daily freesheet (Marketing Week).

Revenue at Metro declined 10 per cent to £80m in the year to 30 September.

Tony Metcalf (Metro US, Metro UK) dies

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

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

Falk Madeja, founder Metro Holland, dies

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

falkAccording to Metro Holland (page 2), one of its founders, the German journalist Falk Madeja died last week.

Madeja saw how Metro Stockholm flourished, and introduced, together with Bart Lubbers and Tiago Jurgens, the concept for the Netherlands. They closed the deal with national train operator NS to distribute the paper nationwide.

The three founders battled with Metro International about the price of the 10% share they had in the company, in 2005 Metro bought this 10%.

Falk worked a teacher in Journalism and as a journalist, reporting on the Netherlands for German media.

Svenn Dam returns to Metro Denmark

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Svenn Dam, once the crown prince of Metro when Pelle Tornberg ruled Metro International, has returned to Metro Denmark.

In 2006 Dam suddenly changed jobs and joined Danish free daily Nyhedsavisen. The Icelandic owners spared no costs in hiring people back then.

Nyhedsavisen collapsed in 2008 but now Dam is back as an consultant for Tamedia, the Swiss new owners of the Danish Metro (MetroXpress) and sister publication 24timer. (MediaWatch)

Marius Hagger for MetroXpress and 24timer

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Swiss media group Tamedia has appointed Marius Hagger as the new head of their free newspaper operations (MetroXpress and 24timer) in Denmark.

Hagger also worked for NZZ (Neue Zuricher Zeitung) and Ringier Roumania (Persoenlich).

Eva Dichand: “I can sack anybody anytime”

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Screen shot 2012-10-30 at 7.52.51 AMHeute publisher Eva Dichand has reacted in a predictable way to criticism on her free daily.

“Ich kann jederzeit jeden rausschmeißen!” she says (”I can sack anybody anytime”).

In the interview in Format Dichand talsk about online, further growth in Austria (outside Vienna), commercial/editorial deals (Netdoktor), Red Bull, Der Standard (tendenziöser, unkontrollierter Journalismus), the Dossier website (Nicht eine einzige Zahl, die dort genannt wurde, stimmt. Das ist eine Kindergartenarbeit) and her power (”ich kann jederzeit jeden rausschmeißen, wenn ich es will”).

20 Minuten integration

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

news104102Marco Boselli will become editor of the integrated print and online editions of Swiss free newspaper 20 Minuten (Tamedia) from December on. The print and online editions will be integrated in the near future.

Boselli is now editor-in-chief of the print edition and was also instrumental in launching the Swiss-Italian 20 minuti edition and the free Luxembourg paper L’essentiel that was launched together with a local Luxembourg partner.

Current onine-editor Hansi Voigt will leave 20 Minuten” at ethe end of November 2012. (Persoenlich)

Bozo leaves 20 Minutes

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Pierre-Jean Bozo will be replaced as director of French free daily 20 Minutes by Olivier Bonsard.

Bozo was director since 2004, Bonsard was working for Ouest-France, the 50%-owner of the leading French newspaper. The other 50% is controled by Norwegian media group Schibsted. (Le Monde)

David Trads to Metro International

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

The former editor of the ill-fated Danish free paper Nyhedsavisen (2006-2008) will move to Metro International in December according to Danish media (Politiken).

Trads also worked for newspaper Information and is now the American correspondent for Berlingske.

Trads was editor of Nyhedsavisen during the Danish free newspaper bubble (2006-2007) when the number of free newspapers increased to 11 (5 of them national models) and the total circulation to 2 million.

Nyhedsavisen wanted to be the quality newspaper among them (and probably was), but with a huge staff, publishing six days a week and home delivery the paper run into enourmous losses.