Saturday, June 30, 2007

Another UK 'freesheet' in the works

The war among commuter dailies in England will soon be heating up. Network Rail, the nonprofit that runs that country's railway system, has invited publishers to make proposals to launch a new free afternoon newspaper that would be distributed at Manchester Piccadilly station (pictured), according to the media website How do. Another "freesheet," as they are called in England, is likely to stoke the already furious free daily battle between Rupert Murdoch's TheLondonPaper (all one word) and Viscount Rothermere's London Lite and Metro. Metro has the rights to distribute in the station in the morning, so this new paper would be circulated from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, the buzz in England is that both TheLondonPaper and London Light are planning to distribute nationwide.