The Washington Examiner, one of two free daily tabloids owned by media-shy Denver billionaire Philip F. Anschutz, has replaced its vice president of advertising, the second senior personnel shuffle since the paper launched in February.
Its sister publication, the San Francisco Examiner, also named a new publisher last week.
Jim Monaghan, a spokesman for Anschutz, said the recent changes are "normal turnover" and not part of any systemic changes in operations.
Scott H. Brooks, an advertising executive for the Akron Beacon Journal, will be the Washington Examiner's new vice president for advertising. He replaces Charleen Stewart, a former advertising executive for The Washington Post.
Stewart could not be reached for comment.
The paper is privately held as part of Anschutz's Clarity Media Inc. and does not disclose information about its ad sales. The paper is distributed free to targeted neighborhoods, and its current circulation is about 260,000 daily.
Stewart's departure comes three months after the firm hired veteran newspaper executive Herbert W. Moloney III to succeed founding publisher James McDonald, who left to start his own business.
Last week, the San Francisco Examiner, also owned by Anschutz, said publisher P. Scott McKibben is leaving Aug. 12 to become president and chief operating officer of Western Color Print, a Denver-based provider of Sunday color comics and related advertising to newspapers. It's a position recently held by his brother Ryan McKibben, who is now the president of Clarity Media.
Scott McKibben remains locked in a court battle with former San Francisco Examiner owners Florence Fang and her family. After the Fangs hired him as publisher in 2003, he arranged the 2004 sale of the paper to Anschutz for $20 million.
That same year, McKibben sued the Fangs, saying they owe him a $1.2 million commission for brokering the Examiner sale. The Fangs countersued, alleging that McKibben turned away potential buyers so that Anschutz could buy the paper at a discounted price.
Scott McKibben's successor as publisher is John P. Wilcox, the current publisher of the Commercial Appeal in Memphis.
Wilcox, who has been on the business side of newspaper publishing for more than 20 years, said he wants to "grow the Examiner back to its former glory." The San Francisco Examiner distributes about 166,000 copies on weekdays.
"That's challenging in these times, but the Examiner has a concept and an idea that makes it feasible to grow the newspaper in the 21st century."
The Washington Examiner, a free daily tabloid, debuted Feb. 1.