New leader for group that includes the Examiner, SF Weekly, Guardian

Zuehl Glenn Zuehls, an executive who has worked in print media for more than two decades, has been named the publisher of the San Francisco Media Co., which produces The San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He replaces Todd Vogt, who announced to the company’s staff in May that he was heavily leaning toward selling his share of the company to his partners, Oahu Publications Inc. “Vogt told the gathered throng that he’s arrived at

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Examiner names new editor, managing editor

The San Francisco Examiner has promoted Mike Billings to the job of editor-in-chief and Max DeNike as managing editor, according to the paper’s website. Billings has worked at The S.F. Examiner since 2006 as a page designer, city editor and online editor. He most recently was an assistant managing editor. Before The San Francisco Examiner, he worked at the Palo Alto Daily News as a copy editor and page designer. DeNike has worked at The San Francisco Examiner since 2007

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Examiner sues Chronicle, alleging anticompetitive ad-pricing scheme

The parent company of the San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly and Bay Guardian filed a lawsuit today (June 25) alleging the Chronicle slashed advertising prices to stifle competition, according to a report in the Examiner. The suit says Chronicle owner Hearst Corp. took advantage of greater corporate resources to offer discounts to Examiner advertisers if they would quit advertising in the Ex and buy ads in the Chronicle instead. In one such instance, the suit says the Chronicle threw in

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Brugmann sells building and newspaper

Bruce Brugmann has agreed to sell the Bay Guardian, the longtime progressive weekly, to the new owners of the Examiner for an undisclosed price, according to a report by the Chron’s Andrew S. Ross. The transaction will close next month. Brugmann The deal, which had been rumored for weeks, was announced after Brugmann sold the Guardian’s 27,000-square-foot building at 135 Mississippi St. for $6.5 million, according to a report by J.K. Dineen of the San Francisco Business Times. The sale

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Why the Examiner wants the Bay Guardian

Robert Gammon of the East Bay Express says that some people might be surprised that the Examiner, with its conservative reputation, would be buying the liberal Bay Guardian. Under owner Phil Anschutz, a Colorado billionaire oilman and real estate mogul, the Examiner became a conservative newspaper in a staunchly liberal city. For instance, the Examiner put its endorsement of McCain and Palin on its cover.  But Gammon points out that the Examiner’s new owners, a group that includes Canadian community newspaper

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Examiner to buy the Guardian? Not yet

There are conflicting reports tonight (April 19) on whether the new owners of the Examiner have bought, or are in the process of buying, the Bay Guardian alternative weekly owned by Bruce Brugmann and his wife Jean. Rachel Swan of the East Bay Express reported this afternoon that the sale had been finalized, attributing the information to two sources. Later, the Express quoted Guardian Executive Editor Tim Redmond as saying that the deal wasn’t final but that he was “very

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Bidding war erupts for 3 weekly newspapers

A Texas media investor had to raise his offer for the Tracy Press, Patterson Irrigator and Scotts Valley Press-Banner after the San Francisco Examiner outbid his original offer for the three weekly newspapers. The papers, owned by the family of Bob Matthews, were eventually sold through bankruptcy court proceedings to H. Lee Wilcox of San Angelo, Texas, for $1.25 million. The Tracy Press reports that a bankruptcy judge in Sacramento approved the sale on Wednesday. Wilcox had originally agreed to

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Stephen Buel to lead Examiner newsroom

Buel Stephen Buel, former editor of the East Bay Express, has been named editor of the San Francisco Examiner, replacing Deirdre Hussey, who resigned. Buel has served as city editor of the Examiner since January 2011. He headed the East Bay Express for nine years and was a Mercury News reporter before that. Earlier in his career, he was at the Arkansas Democrat, where he covered Gov. Bill Clinton and other topics.

Hussey out as editor of the Examiner

Hussey Deirdre Hussey is no longer editor of The Examiner as a new owner makes changes at the free daily. “Her institutional knowledge will be missed, but I think a fresh start and some fresh ideas in the Editor-in-Chief chair will be good,” Examiner President and Publisher Todd Vogt told the SF Weekly. “Everyone is personally sorry to see her go, but professionally, everyone agrees a change is welcomed,” he said. Vogt said that after speaking to Hussey on Wednesday,

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New Examiner owner lays off 7 news staffers

The new owner of the Examiner has laid off at least seven newsroom employees, and possibly more, the SFWeekly reports. Most of the layoffs were copy editors. The ax fell on Tuesday. Todd Vogt, the new publisher and president of the Examiner, confirmed to both the SF Weekly and Chronicle that there had been layoffs, but wouldn’t say how many. The layoffs weren’t a surprise since the new owner had indicated cuts would be made after the sale closed on

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