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OUR VIEW: Gazette heads into future with new owner

December 1, 2012
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This column frequently extols the virtues of Colorado Springs as a world-class city with unlimited potential. Our prospects only improved Friday, when a longtime Colorado businessman announced his acquisition of The Gazette, a newspaper that has served this community far longer than anyone today has lived.

Philip Anschutz, who bought the Broadmoor resort in 2011, acquired The Gazette from Freedom Communications, Inc. The transaction makes this news organization part of Clarity Media Group, a holding company owned by Anschutz.

Freedom has been a great company, and our parting is bittersweet. But it’s difficult to find a downside to this transfer of ownership. Today, The Gazette is a Colorado-owned business that is controlled by a man who loves Colorado Springs.

In coming weeks, expect to see exciting changes. Clarity executives plan to add pages and personnel. The opinion section will expand from one page to at least two on weekdays, and possibly more on Sundays. We will add new columnists and additional editorials. Readers should begin seeing changes very soon.

Mostly, we will work with more dedication than ever to serve our community with news and information our customers want and need. We plan to inform customers in print and on all platforms, ranging from smartphones, to tablets, to laptops and all other information mediums the public chooses to embrace today and into the future. We will inform, persuade and entertain. We will serve as a watchdog, guarding liberty and the interests of our community.

This means exposing crime and corruption, while extolling great achievements.

Management and associates of The Gazette are honored and thankful that a local investor understands the value and significance of our company enough to invest in its future.

Clarity’s purchase of The Gazette is a gesture of confidence in our community as much as in our business.

Anschutz has been successful in business, ranking high on the Forbes 400 for decades, because he works to improve the world he lives in.

We at The Gazette plan to help him expand this important role.

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