METRO is a free newspaper published in tabloid format in the United
DMG Media (part of
Daily Mail and General Trust
Daily Mail and General Trust ). It is
distributed from Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) on many
public-transport services and stations in cities and towns across the
United Kingdom. Distributors have also been employed to hand out
copies to pedestrians.
* 1 History
* 2 Content
* 3 Distribution
Metro Herald (Ireland)
* 5 11versus11 and Guilty Pleasures
* 6 Editors
* 7 References
* 8 External links
The paper was launched in
London on 16 March 1999, and can now be
found in many towns and cities across the UK. It is part of the same
media group as the
Daily Mail and
The Mail on Sunday
The Mail on Sunday , although, in
some areas, Metro operates as a franchise with a local newspaper
publisher, rather than as a wholly owned concern. In 2017, it became
the most-read newspaper in the UK, according to monthly NRS figures.
The Metro concept comes from
Metro International , a
different company, launched in the UK in 1999, and, in Newcastle upon
Tyne, this company's paper was distributed on the Tyne and Wear Metro
system side by side with the Metro of Associated Newspapers (now DMG
Media). After battling alongside the Associated Newspapers' version
with the same name, Metro International's Metro changed its name to
Morning News. However, Morning News was short-lived, being
discontinued shortly afterwards (see
Metro International ). Metro
International have had plans to launch a rivalling free evening
newspaper in London.
Rupert Murdoch is said to have regretted missing the
opportunity of launching his own
London paper. However, News
International , a UK subsidiary of Murdoch's
News Corporation ,
launched a London-based newspaper in 2006 called The
London Paper ,
using funding from Liam McDonald. This was closed on 18 September
The newspaper is divided into three main sections - news, features
and sport. The features section contains a mix of articles on travel,
homes, style, and health, science, as well as extensive arts coverage
and entertainment listings. The puzzles page currently features a
Sudoku . In 2014, production of Metro newspaper and the
metro.co.uk website was separated , so that they are now written
independently by different editorial teams, although they remain part
of the same parent company. Metro newspaper content is published
online on a separate website.
A Metro delivery van
In its first five years, it achieved a readership of over 1 million
weekdaily readers, making it the UK's fourth largest weekday
newspaper, after The Sun , the
Daily Mail , and the
Daily Mirror . In
October 2008, its total certified distribution for that month was
1,361,306. It now prints approximately 1.3m copies daily, and
officially has some 3.5m readers, as of March 2010. The WAN-IFRA
reported its 2009 circulation as 1,335,000.
In October 2016 circulation was increased to nearly 1.5 million and
in June 2017 it became the biggest weekday newspaper by daily
circulation, overtaking The Sun for the first time with a circulation
METRO HERALD (IRELAND)
Metro Herald was similar in layout and content
to its British counterpart, as Associated Metro provides much of the
Metro Herald was formed by the merging of Metro Ireland with
its main competitor,
Herald AM (published by Independent News & Media
Evening Herald ).
Metro Ireland was launched on 10 October 2005, as was Herald AM. Both
titles were loss-making, despite a circulation of 145,000 between them
in the Greater
Dublin Area . The merger of the two titles faced
scrutiny by the Competition Authority as the resulting match up drew
together IN&M (publishers of the
Irish Independent ) and The Irish
Times (the two Dublin-based broadsheets ). On 2 July 2009, it was
announced that the two freesheets were to merge, and by 2010 this
merger was complete. Publication ceased in December 2014.
11VERSUS11 AND GUILTY PLEASURES
Metro launched two new mobile app products in 2016: 11versus11, which
is a football news app, and Guilty Pleasures, a celebrity news app.
Both apps offer personalised content based on a user's interest
profile. 11versus11 won the Best Lifestyle, Sports
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The Guardian . Retrieved 15 May 2015.
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Mail Online". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077 . Retrieved 2017-06-16.
* ^ https://www.metro.news metro.news
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* ^ Andra Leurdijk; Mijke Slot; Ottilie Nieuwenhuis (2012). "The
Newspaper Publishing Industry" (Technical Report). EU Commission.
Retrieved 6 October 2013.
* ^ "Metro to raise circulation by 10% by Lydia O\'Neill".
* ^ "Print ABCs: Metro overtakes Sun in UK weekday distribution,
but Murdoch title still Britain’s best-selling paper – Press
Gazette". www.pressgazette.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
* ^ Cozens, Claire (10 October 2005). "Battle commences over Dublin
The Guardian . Retrieved 10 October 2005.
* ^ Hancock, Ciarán (6 March 2009). "Rivals \'Herald AM\' and
\'Metro\' in merger talks".
The Irish Times
The Irish Times . Retrieved 17 March 2009.
* ^ Luft, Oliver (2 July 2009). "Rival
Dublin freesheets Herald AM
and Metro Ireland to merge".
The Guardian . Retrieved 22 January 2011.
Metro Herald Archived 19 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
* ^ "Metro launches personalised football mobile news app
11versus11 – Press Gazette". www.pressgazette.co.uk. Retrieved
* ^ "11versus11 scoops European Digital Media Award". www.dmgt.com.