The Newcastle Chronicle has launched a Metro daily freesheet,
pre-empting the Swedish publisher Modern Times, which plans to launch a
Metro title in Newcastle and Sunderland in the spring.
Modern Times is now advancing its plans and is expected to launch this
Trinity Mirror, which owns the Newcastle Chronicle, watched Associated
Newspapers launch against its daily Metro titles in Birmingham and
Glasgow and was determined not to be beaten to the punch on
The Evening Chronicle’s editor Alison Hastings claimed local retailers
had responded enthusiastically to the Metro concept, which is generating
The print run of the new Metro - which Trinity is publishing under
licence from Associated - is 30,000, but there are plans to move into
Sunderland and increase to 70,000. A move into Wearside would bring
Trinity up against Johnston Press, owner of the Sunderland Echo.