Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Metro Toronto's founder heads to Halifax

Greg Lutes, who was Metro Toronto's first publisher and got that free daily going during a four-year stint, has been named publisher of Metro's new Halifax edition on Canada's Atlantic coast.

The Halifax paper will start on Thursday. It replaces the Halifax Daily News, which closed on Monday after suffering millions of dollars in losses, according to a report in the competing Halifax Chronicle Herald. Lutes left Metro Toronto in 2004 to take on the role of Publisher of the Moncton Times & Transcript. Prior to joining Metro Toronto, he also worked for several leading media companies in a variety of senior sales and management roles.

"It is very exciting to be back with the Metro family. Halifax, with its young, upwardly mobile population is the ideal market for the free daily -- Metro," Lutes said in a news release from Metro.