| Media |

Phil Anschutz closing Baltimore Examiner

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Westword's December feature article about the Rocky Mountain News being put up for sale by E.W. Scripps featured a comment by Jim Monaghan, a spokesman for Denver gazillionaire Phil Anschutz, who's in the newspaper game by dint of his assorted Examiner properties. After Monaghan told reporters that his boss wasn't interested in purchasing the paper, Rocky staffer Jeff Smith quoted a press observer from the Pew Research Center saying that such a denial would be expected if Anschutz was actually considering a bid. To that, Monaghan declared, "I'm too old to play those contorted games. I always love experts who don't know anything about deals and talk hypothetically.... It's something we're really not pursuing."

Nevertheless, Anschutz's name continues to come up whenever the topic of possible Rocky rescuers comes up, even though he seems eager to leave the print world behind. Earlier today, word broke that he's shutting down the Baltimore Examiner, a physical newspaper delivered free to many thousands of local residents, after its February 15 edition. In a letter to Baltimore Examiner employees, Ryan McKibben, the former Denver Post publisher who now heads up Clarity Media, the Anschutz company that oversees the paper, wrote that "The economic dynamics that have ravaged the print media industry also prevented a sale of the Baltimore Examiner."

Of course, those same dynamics are at play in Denver, too. Given that Anschutz is, first and foremost, a very smart businessman, the chances that he'd be willing to pony up for the Rocky in this economic environment are even smaller now than they were a month or two ago.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.