Politico article examines Examiner owner

If you want to find out more about the reclusive billionaire who owns the Examiner, check out this article in The Politico, a D.C. Web site founded by former Washington Post reporters. The news peg was billionaire Phil Anschutz’s purchase of the conservative The Weekly Standard, edited by Bill Kristol. Anschutz’s San Francisco Examiner is only mentioned once, but it says of the Examiner’s Washington counterpart: The paper, no longer delivered every day to the affluent neighborhoods it originally targeted,

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Examiner moves, third home in five years

The SF Busienss Times reports that the Examiner is on the move again. The free daily owned by conservative oilman Phil Anschutz has moved into 16,942 square feet on the second floor of 71 Stevenson St. in the South of Market Area neighborhood. The Ex will sublease the space from H5, which occupies about 50,000 square feet in the 23-story building. The move marks the third time the newspaper has relocated since Hearst Corp. sold the Examiner in 2000. The

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Billionaire Anschutz hands out Examiners

Dirk Smillie of Forbes.com reports that conservative billionaire Phil Anschutz helps distribute copies of his newspaper, the Examiner, to collect feedback from readers. Smillie admits that Anschutz’s business strategy for his two newspapers (in SF and Washington, D.C.) is puzzling since both lose money. And now he has bought The Weekly Standard, the conservative paper featuring Bill Kristol, Fred Barnes and Charles Krauthammer. It loses $5 million a year. Writes Smillie: The 80,000-circulation weekly may not advance his readership footprint

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City Star becomes an Examiner insert

The Examiner on Friday stopped publishing its sister publication, The City Star, on a daily basis. Instead, the Star will become a section within the Examiner on Wednesday and Fridays. The move comes several months after the Palo Alto Daily Post pulled out of San Francisco to focus on the Peninsula. Free-Daily.com has more details. Full disclosure: The editor of the Press Club’s blog is Dave Price, also owner of the Post.

Examiner blogger admits making up news

The Examiner’s Web site pays writers based on how many hits their stories get. So a Southern California free-lance writer says she wrote a “series of preposterous articles” to see how much money she could get. The writer, L.J. Williamson, boasted about her accomplishment in an e-mail to LAfishbowl: [A]ll they care about is how many hits your page gets, and they don’t care about the writing. Fine — I decided to try to do things their way. Unexpectedly, one

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Examiner.com CEO gone after one year

Michael S. Sherrod, a former AOL executive, is now a former Examiner.com executive. Sherrod had been in charge of the Examiner’s Internet operations since February 2007. During that time his unit launched a citizen journalism programs where unpaid writers would blog about their area of expertise. These experts became known as “examiners.” Rick Blair will serve as interim CEO of Examiner.com while Fritz Anderson will serve as Examiner.com president while the company looks for a permanent replacement for Sherrod. A

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Howerton goes from Berkeley to the Ex

Berkeley Daily Planet managing editor Michael Howerton, who has been at that paper since 2003, is headed to the San Francisco Examiner. Justin De Freitas, a cartoonist, writer and editor at the Planet, is taking over as managing editor. The moves were announced in Editor Becky O’Malley’s column, where she says of Howerton: “He’s been a pleasure to work with, we regret his loss and we’ll miss him, but in truth it’s a good decision for him. He’s supporting a

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Examiner closes in Baltimore, vows to stay in SF

Billionaire oilman Phil Anschutz is shutting down his Examiner in Baltimore, but will keep its Washington and San Francisco editions open, his company announced. At one time, the Examiner had plans to open editions all over the country, but development of the free daily chain never went further than three cities. The last edition of the Baltimore Examiner will be Feb. 15, according to this story on the Web site of the rival Baltimore Sun. About 90 people will lose

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Daily Post out of SF, to focus on Peninsula

[Full disclosure: The editor of the Press Club blog, Dave Price, is also an owner of the Daily Post] In the next few weeks, the Daily Post plans to stop circulating in San Francisco and expand its distribution on the Peninsula, the paper reported. The Post, which operated during most of its run as the San Francisco Daily, focused on the city’s neighborhoods particularly the Marina, Fillmore, Castro and North Beach sections. The Examiner, apparently feeling threatened by the Post,

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