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December 09, 2014 04:23 PM UTC

A Resurrected Rocky Mountain News?

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  • by: Colorado Pols

The Denver Business Journal tantalizes Colorado news consumers nostalgic for our two-paper past:

Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz is exploring the possibility of reviving the Rocky Mountain News, the Denver daily newspaper that shut down in 2009 after nearly 150 years of publication, the Denver Business Journal has learned.

Anschutz has prepared a prototype newspaper and is conducting market research to assess the feasibility of publishing the newspaper once again, almost six years after E.W. Scripps Corp. closed the venerable tabloid.

Ryan McKibben, president and CEO of Anschutz' Clarity Media Group, said the prototype is being put out on the Internet with an invitation to potential readers to comment.

Check out the "prototype" at RockyMountainNews.com.

Conservative billionaire Phil Anschutz puts a scare into liberals as the potential owner of a major Denver newspaper, and other media properties owned by Anschutz like the Washington Examiner and the Weekly Standard make that trepidation at least partly justifiable. On the other hand, Anschutz's purchase of the Colorado Springs Gazette has not resulted in a slant in that paper's newsroom–the editorial board was always conservative like the readership, but the news reporting has been down the middle and of good quality.

Bottom line: it would be wrong to complain about the decline in political news reporting in Colorado since the demise of the Rocky Mountain News and not welcome the outlet's return, regardless of who owns it. Any way you slice it, there are more good political stories in Colorado today than there are good reporters to tell them. So we welcome any expansion of the pool.

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12 thoughts on “A Resurrected Rocky Mountain News?

  1. I guess anything that potentially challenges the incompetents and shills over at the AFW Circular to rethink their sloppy monopoly reporting should be considered something better than a Cheney enhanced interrogation session ( . . . or Rockies season tickets).  

    As for me, I'll likely continue to get national and international news (and some surprisingly decent Colorado issues coverage) from an online NYT subscription and rely on other internet outlets, news aggregators, and NPR for local coverage.

    (Can't say I wouldn't consider giving it an occasional read . . . if it were free . . . and, if it were someone other than Anschutz, however.)

  2. God help us if a revived Rocky slots itself to the right of the current Denver Post.  I don't think you can get to the right of the Post without believing in a 6,000 year old earth.  Still, I'd welcome competition of any sort.

  3. I had to weigh in on this one from my outpost in Texas. I have no inside skinny on this, but this strikes me as simply a tactic involving the sale of the Post. No one is going to launch a second daily paper in Denver.

    1. 1. Nice to see you!

      2. Very interesting perspective. It makes you wonder what Anschutz really has up his sleeve. I wish Denver could support two dailies but fear you're right.

      1. Hell, Denver can't even support one daily. 

        Is this a tactic? More then likely. But if it gets enough buzz and enough people excited, it might happen. 

  4. Has to be some kind of ploy related to negotiations — probably trying to scare off potential competitors from buying the Post with the threat that they would have to compete with his resources if they buy the paper

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