- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 30, 2004

ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Anschutz Co. yesterday said it would buy the three Washington-area newspapers owned by Journal Newspapers Inc.

Clarity Media Group, the subsidiary Anschutz formed to handle its newspapers, said it intended to “significantly upgrade” the Northern Virginia Journal, the Montgomery Journal and the Prince George’s Journal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The three papers, which are published six days a week, have a combined daily circulation of 115,000. A commercial printing operation in Northern Virginia was included in the acquisition, Clarity Media’s first.

The Anschutz Co., the holding company owned by Colorado billionaire Phil Anschutz, owns interests in about 100 companies in a range of industries, including railroad, real-estate and oil ventures. It also owns stakes in several professional soccer teams, including D.C. United.

Jim McDonald was named president and chief executive officer of the three publications; John Wilpers will be editor in chief. Both held similar positions with Journal Newspapers.

Clarity Media Chief Executive Ryan McKibben, a former publisher of the Denver Post, said he doesn’t anticipate staff changes, other than expansion.

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