Will Murdoch and thelondonpaper, with the right to distribute at railways stations won, also gain the contract to put the free evening in tube station dump bins?
It is being seen as a two horse race between London Lite, from Associated Newspapers who already hold the morning contract for Metro, and thelondonpaper.
They were both named last week by the mayor, Ken Livingstone, who told the London Assembly there were three companies in contention for the new contract. He did not name the third.
It is difficult to see why anyone else should want to enter the free evening fray. So why is a third contender hanging on in the contract race? And who could it be?