Sunday, August 05, 2007

Who saw this coming? Israel to get Metro

Metro is headed to Israel just days after that country got its second free daily. Soon Israel will have three. This Metro will be printed in Hebrew and distributed between 2 and 5 p.m. It's Hebrew name will be Yediot Aharonot. Metro will be owned by Dudi Weissman, who also controls the Blue Square supermarket giant and the Dor Alon energy firm, and Eli Azur, who owns The Jerusalem Post. Content from Post staffers will appear in Metro. Last Monday saw the launch of Yisrael Hayom, a free daily financed by Sheldon Adelson, the American Jewish casino mogul who is close to Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post reported. Another free daily is due soon from Arnon Mozes, publisher of Yediot Aharonot, Israel's largest daily.