Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Washington Examiner to cease publishing its daily newspaper, will launch a new website, weekly magazine

The owner of The Washington Examiner, a free, conservative tabloid, today announced that it would stop publishing a daily newspaper and would instead concentrate on its website while publishing a weekly magazine.

"We have accomplished a great deal over the past seven years, as we built The Washington Examiner into a credible and respected brand in a very competitive market. The strong foundation we established with the website and daily newspaper presents us with the opportunity to shift our focus and meet a pressing need in the political content marketplace,” said Ryan McKibben, president of Clarity Media Group, in its announcement.

"As a result of research and analysis conducted over the past year, we have determined that there is an opportunity to bring our style of investigative journalism and keen analysis and commentary to covering national government and politics. The re-positioned Washington Examiner will meet that demand."

The paper also announced that Lou Ann Sabatier, a publishing consultant and recruiter, will be named chief executive officer of Clarity’s Washington Group, which also includes The Weekly Standard and the website Red Alert Politics.

As a result of the move the paper said layoffs would be certain. “Many of the business and editorial positions needed to publish a local daily newspaper are not required as we move to focus on national and political coverage,” said McKibben.

When these layoffs will occur was not announced as the paper plans to continue printing daily until Friday, June 14, launching its new website and weekly magazine on Monday, June 17.

The Examiner currently has a stand-alone replica edition app through PageSuite and a native app under its own name in the Apple Newsstand. Neither app has generated any reader reviews.