Former editor on Metro's legacy and why it collapsed

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Former Metro editor-in-chief Sakari Pitkänen tells Radio Sweden he is surprised the free newspaper survived as long as it did.

Metro confirmed on Monday it will shut down its newsroom, almost 25 years after it burst onto the market.

In 2006, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Metro International, the company behind the paper, to be World's Largest Global Newspaper, with seventy daily editions in over 100 major cities in 21 countries across Europe, North & South America and Asia.

Sakari Pitkänen dates the beginning of the end for the free newspapers to 2007, when revenue from advertisement went into a free fall and people started finding other ways to read news on their commute.