The World: Berlin - SZ Primetime's closure marks the end of free dailies

Suddeutsche Zeitung, the German national daily newspaper, has been forced to close its free SZ Primetime publication as part of a major cost-cutting exercise.

SZ Primetime, which launched in January 2007, was the last free daily newspaper being published in Germany. Its closure will mean that at least four people will lose their jobs.

Since 1997, ten free titles have been launched in Germany but all have since been closed after running into financial problems.

Earlier this year, Handelsblatt am Abend, the longest-running of the free national titles, was forced to cease publication after 11 years in circulation.