Billionaire US Publisher Launches Washington Freebie

02 February 2005

A newspaper for busy Washingtonians who don't have time to read a newspaper hit the US capital's streets yesterday (February 1).

The free Washington Examiner, launched by Denver-based Clarity Media Group and owned by reclusive billionaire Philip Anschutz, will be fighting for advertising revenue in one of the most heavily congested newspaper districts in the country. It is up against such established heavyweights as the Washington Post and Washington Times.

Clarity says the daily is being given away near subway stations and bus stops and is also delivered direct to "the top one-third households" in Washington.

It contains a mix of short articles about mainly local topics together with some national and international coverage.

Anschutz is targeting the same kind of readership as that of the San Francisco Examiner, which he bought a year ago and transformed from a broadsheet to a free tabloid.

Data sourced from New York Times; additional content by WARC staff