Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Washington Examiner to close plant, cut staff

The Washington Examiner, a free newspaper in the nation’s capital owned by Philip Anschutz’s Clarity Media Group, is closing its printing plant and will reduce staff by 101.

The newspaper’s publisher said the move is to cut costs and to allow the printing of more full-color pages.

The printing of the newspaper will be outsourced to two independently owned printing plants in Frederick and Hartford County by the end of January, the newspaper reported late Monday on its Web site.

“The sad reality of this change is that we will lose 101 excellent employees now working for us” at the existing printing plant, the website quoted Examiner publisher Michael Phelps as saying.

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