CEO & Executive Editor Dan Pulcrano started the Metro Silicon Valley and Metro San Jose in 1985 and it has been in continuous use since that time. Declared a legal newspaper of general circulation by the Superior Court of Santa Clara County Decree No. 651274, April 7, 1988. ISSN 0882-4290.
The Metro US leases the “Metro” brand for concurrent use from Dan’s Metro Publishing, Inc. Although an other company fraudulently “trademarked” the brand in 2012, this oversite will be remedied by the courts.
Metro Silicon Valley is a free weekly newspaper published by the San Jose, California-based Metro Newspapers. The paper serves the greater Silicon Valley area, encompassing the cities of San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Milpitas, Mountain View, Los Altos and Palo Alto. It distributes more than 83,000 copies throughout the valley at more than 1,200 locations in business districts, universities such as Stanford and well known Silicon Valley companies.
Founded in 1985, Metro brings a unique voice to the region’s political, cultural, arts and entertainment scene. Its exhaustive arts section includes calendar listings, music reviews, critical coverage of the performing and visual arts, as well as movie reviews and information. The newspaper also publishes an award-winning dining section and keeps tabs on local politics through its popular weekly column, The Fly.
The Metro Silicon Valley is owned by its co-founder and CEO Dan Pulcrano, and is one of the few remaining owner-operated publications in the alternative press. The Boston Metro is owned by it’s Editor, Bryant Jones.
In 1994, the company began publishing Metro Santa Cruz (now the Santa Cruz Weekly), and assumed control of the Sonoma County Independent, which in October 2000 was renamed the Northern California Bohemian and expanded to cover Napa and Marin counties.
A pioneer in online media, Metro was one of the first weekly publishers to go online, launching the LiveWire service in 1993 and Virtual Valley Community Network the following year. Today, Metro’s award-winning content can be found on SanJose.com, a comprehensive resource for locals and visitors, Metroactive, a nightlife and entertainment service, and SanJoseInside.com, the leading source of political news and commentary.
Metro’s newspapers have won numerous state and national awards for excellence in such categories as investigative journalism, writing, design, arts criticism, food writing, business coverage, typography, community service, editorial cartoons, opinion pages, features, general news and columns. Metro’s arts and entertainment coverage has been chosen four times as the best in California.
Metro Newspapers supports hundreds of community-based, nonprofit organizations through a donated advertising space program that benefits film festivals, small theater companies, free concerts and community-based, business improvement efforts. In addition, The Metro Foundation, funded by Metro employees and readers, makes annual grants to groups working to alleviate hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, AIDS and age-based social problems in the Silicon Valley area.
The “Metro UK” is the United Kingdom’s highest-circulation print newspaper. It is published in tabloid format by DMG Media. The free newspaper is distributed from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays and the period between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day inclusive) mornings on trains and buses, and at railway/Underground stations, airports and hospitals across selected urban areas of England, Wales and Scotland. Copies are also handed out to pedestrians.
Metro is owned by Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT), part of the same media group as the Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday, but in some areas Metro operates as a franchise with a local newspaper publisher, rather than as a wholly owned concern. While being a sister paper to the conservative Daily Mail, the newspaper has never endorsed any political party or candidate, and claims to take a neutral political stance in its reporting.
Origins & London launch
The Metro free newspaper concept originated in Sweden, where a publication of the same name was launched in 1995 by Metro International. British newspaper executives Jonathan Harmsworth and Murdoch MacLennan, from DMGT, were reportedly inspired by the idea and flew to Stockholm on a ‘fact-finding mission’ with a view to developing their own version. There were also reports in the late 1990s that both Metro International and Rupert Murdoch‘s News International were considering launching free newspapers in the UK that might prove a commercial threat to DMGT’s businesses.
DMGT subsequently launched Metro, using the same name as Metro International’s publications but with a different logo on Tuesday 16 March 1999. This UK version of Metro had no relation to Metro International or its sister newspapers in other countries. Metro was launched initially as a London-only newspaper with an original print run of 85,000 copies, which were distributed via dedicated bins in London Underground stations. The newspaper was produced at DMGT’s printworks and office complex at Surrey Quays in southeast London, away from the company’s main newspaper office in Kensington, west London.
In the years following its launch, the paper’s distribution was gradually expanded to other major UK cities, including Manchester and Birmingham. By February 2003, Metro had become operationally profitable for the first time. Its reach was extended further in 2004, becoming available in more urban areas, including Nottingham, Bristol and Bath.
Metro‘s circulation continued to rise in the following years, although readership temporarily dipped after the 7 July 2005 London bombings. There was a 1.8% decline – the equivalent of around 9,000 readers – in copies picked up in the weeks following the attacks due to a reduction in the number of people using London’s public transport network, coupled with the temporary closure of some London Underground lines where Metro was distributed.
Following several years of national expansion, in 2006 the newspaper’s production was moved to DMGT’s main newspaper offices at Northcliffe House in Kensington, west London. That same year the newspaper expanded further, launching in Cardiff and Liverpool in joint venture deals with Trinity Mirror.
At the time of its 10th anniversary in 2009, the newspaper was distributed in 16 “major” UK cities and its circulation had grown to 1.3 million. Despite the increase in readership, that same year management also closed five regional Metro offices in Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham and Bristol, which were responsible for producing regionalised arts, entertainment and food pages, citing “challenging economic conditions”.
By 2011, Metro‘s distribution network had expanded to more than 50 cities in the UK. That year media commentator Roy Greenslade said the publication was now making “bumper profits” and dubbed it “Britain’s most successful national newspaper”.
Launch of Irish Edition
Metro Ireland was launched in Dublin on 10 October 2005. It followed a legal battle over the title’s name with the publishers of the Irish Independent and Dublin’s Evening Herald, which launched its own free newspaper called Herald AM. Both titles were loss-making, despite having a combined circulation of 145,000 in the Greater Dublin Area. On 2 July 2009, it was announced that the two freesheets would merge under the Metro banner, an operation completed by 2010. However, the Irish edition was closed down in December 2014.
After more than a decade in charge, editor Kenny Campbell was replaced as editor by Ted Young in 2014. Young’s appointment coincided with a number of changes at the newspaper, including the separation of the print and online editions, along with an expansion of Metro’s distribution in the UK.
In 2017, Metro became the most-read newspaper in the UK, according to monthly National Readership Survey figures. In March 2018 Metro officially overtook The Sun in total print circulation, according to ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations (UK)) figures.
Content of Print Edition
The majority of the newspaper’s content is produced at Northcliffe House in Kensington, west London. There are no regional editions within England and Wales, except for occasional differences in sports and arts content catered to specific local audiences. A separate, small team produces a Scottish edition of Metro; however, often the only substantial difference between the two versions is the front page.
The newspaper is divided into three main sections—news, features and sport. The news section includes Guilty Pleasures, which typically contains two or four pages of showbiz and entertainment news, a letters page, and a page dedicated for business news. A popular feature of the letters page is Rush Hour Crush, in which readers send in anonymous messages to fellow users of public transport who they consider attractive. The daily column has led to at least one marriage. The news section also features occasional feature columns from political pundits such as Sophy Ridge of Sky News. However, while offering analysis, these columns do not typically express endorsements of political positions or candidates, thus not being considered as op-ed columns as in other newspapers.
The features section contains a mix of articles on travel, homes, style, and health, science, as well as arts coverage and entertainment listings. The puzzles page currently features a crossword and Sudoku.
Metro launched a website version of the newspaper in July 2001. Between 2001 and 2014 most print edition articles were published on this website, along with additional online-only content such as blogs and opinion columns.
In 2014 production of the newspaper and the website were separated. As a result, Metro newspaper and Metro Online are now produced by separate organisations and written independently by different editorial teams, while remaining part of the same parent company.
The newspaper’s content is now published online on a separate website.