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Hearst To Sell Examiner Newspaper

March 17, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ The Hearst Corp. agreed Friday to sell the flagship of its media empire, the San Francisco Examiner, to a company led by the publishers of the San Francisco Independent, a free newspaper published three times a week.

``The Examiner has been part of the history and identity of San Francisco. We hope to carry on the Examiner’s proud tradition of public service and journalistic excellence,″ said Ted Fang, who will be publisher of both the Examiner and the Independent.

The new Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle, which have been publishing under a joint operating agreement since 1965, will be published independently following a four-month transition, Fang said in a statement.

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