Steve Dyson on his blog reviewing regional newspapers, hosted by HoldtheFrontPage, has a bash at the free Metro aimed at commuters today, claiming it stops people buying newspapers.
Dyson argues: "When paid-for circulations are scarily dipping, now is the time to question the existence of the daily Metro, which numbs the commuting public into shunning paid-for regionals and nationals.
"Especially when that Metro is owned by partnerships of groups who run regional titles in the various cities it's distributed, and nationals in the case of Associated Newspapers and Trinity Mirror."
He asks: "Why is the industry continuing to shoot itself in the foot with a daily enemy within? I think we should be told."