SF ‘Examiner’ Loses More Top Execs

By: Lucia Moses

“Ted Fang” isn’t the only name missing from the masthead of The Examiner in San Francisco. Fang’s firing last month by his mother, Florence Fang, followed the recent departure of several Examiner executives.

Among those who have left are Robert McCray, vice president and general manager; Peter Herschberger, vice president of advertising; Ken Calhoun, vice president of marketing; and Stephen Sparks, vice president of circulation.

The turnover comes on top of financial troubles at The Examiner, a year under Fang family ownership. Seven construction companies claim they are owed $1.4 million for remodeling the paper’s offices.

Concerns about the paper’s ability to compete with the San Francisco Chronicle has led some media buyers to shun the paper. “They just don’t seem to be as credible a news source,” said Jeanne Selvester, general manager of Creative Media in San Francisco.

It can’t help matters that The Examiner remains under a temporary voluntary suspension of Audit Bureau of Circulations rules.

Examiner executives did not return calls for comment on when an audit will come out.

Executive Editor Zoran Basich remains upbeat despite the challenges of the past year: “The staff is still plugging away and doing a great job.”

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