Report: Examiner will launch in Los Angeles

Billionaire oilman Phil Anschutz, who bought the San Francisco Examiner in 2004, is planning to launch another Examiner in Los Angeles, Media Life Magazine reports on its online edition. Media Life attributed its information to a “newspaper industry source familiar with the growth plans of parent Clarity Media Group,” owned by Anschutz. Like his San Francisco paper, the Los Angeles paper would be free and tabloid-sized. Anschutz also has Examiners in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and a second San Francisco

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Publisher of Ex’s City Star lasts a month

John Gollin, publisher of the San Francisco Examiner’s new City Star, has resigned a month after the new free daily started. No replacement has been named. Billionaire oilman Phil Anschutz, who bought the Examiner in 2004, launched the City Star on Nov. 9 to undercut the San Francisco Daily, a free daily started by former Palo Alto Daily News owners Dave Price and Jim Pavelich in May. According to a report in the SF Daily, Gollin stopped coming to work

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Court to rule on Examiner distribution

The Examiner’s method of distribution — throwing newspapers on driveways and hoping somebody picks them up — has resulted in a lawsuit from a lawyer in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun reports that attorney Joel L. Levin is seeking a temporary restraining order to stop deliveries of the conservative paper. The Examiner launched in Baltimore in April. It is one of three Examiners owned by billionaire oilman Phil Anschutz (pictured) of Denver. Like the Examiners in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.,

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Examiner planning another free daily in SF

Billionaire Denver oilman Phil Anschutz (pictured), who bought the San Francisco Examiner from the Fang family two years ago, is planning to launch yet another free daily newspaper in San Francisco, according to the SF Daily. The SF Daily says it was told by sources that the new paper will be known as the City Star and that it will look a lot like SF Daily. Examiner editor Jim Pimentel wouldn’t give a start date for the new paper, saying

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How to stop Examiner delivery

For those trying to stop delivery of the Examiner, here’s an e-mail to the Poynter journalism site that might be helpful. The Examiner, owned by conservative billionaire Phil Anschutz, publishes editions in San Francisco, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. They’re all delivered the same way — drivers throw them on to the lawns and doorsteps of potential readers. The e-mail is in response to a story in the Baltimore alt-weekly City Paper about how residents are going to extremes to try

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Stopping Examiner delivery isn’t easy

The San Francisco Examiner has opened new editions in Washington and Balitimore, and residents in Balitmore are upset that they can’t stop the free tabloid from being thrown on their lawns, according to an alternative weekly in Baltimore, City Paper. Some residents have threatened lawsuits or pretended to cry when they called the newspaper in an attempt to stop delivery. Some have even put up signs (see photos). “One of the most difficult things we encountered — and this has

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Anschutz cashed in on Examiner archives

A lengthy LA Times profile of billionaire Phil Anschutz includes some previously undisclosed facts about his purchase of the San Francisco Examiner and the bitter San Mateo County Superior Court lawsuit he settled with the paper’s previous owner, Florence Fang. • Anschutz bought the paper in 2004 for $10.7 million, not the $20 million reported at the time by the Chronicle and others. • Anschutz has settled a lawsuit brought by Fang over the sale of the paper. In the suit,

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UC Berkeley gets Hearst Examiner archives

The vast archives of the San Francisco Examiner, a rich 130-year history of the Bay Area that the Hearst Corp. inexplicably gave away when it handed the newspaper to the Florence Fang family in 2000, are headed to the University of California, Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, University Librarian Thomas Leonard announced today (April 4). The Examiner has been published continuously since 1865. In 1887, William Randolph Hearst (pictured) became the “proprietor” of the Examiner, which his father accepted as payment for

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Examiner owner paid 20K ‘fee’ to lawmaker

Billionaire oilman Phil Anschutz (photo at right), owner of the Examiner, was the subject of a story Thursday in the Chronicle by Tom Chorneau about how he paid a $20,000 consulting fee to Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Los Angeles, one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers. The Chronicle says Anschutz gave Murray the money at a time when Murray was pushing legislation aimed at providing more taxpayer assistance in the construction of sports and entertainment venues. Anschutz, whose fortune stems from

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Examiner owner joins conservative conclave

The National Journal, which calls itself a nonpartisan source of Washington political news, reports on its blog today (Feb. 1) that SF Examiner owner Phil Anschutz was one of 140 conservatives who participated in a week-long, closed-door conference put on by a group called The Legacy, which raises money for candidates. “Members must profess their belief in God … champion small government, a strong national defense and the free-market system,” wrote Marc Ambinder of the National Journal. Legacy members agree

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