Sunday, December 30, 2007

Colorado Daily publisher moves on

Randy Miller, publisher and former owner of the free Colorado Daily in Boulder, is leaving the paper after seven years. Miller is buying the Tucson (Arizona) Explorer, a free weekly. Miller bought the Colorado Daily in 2001 for $2.38 million after a previous owner filed Chapter 11. The Colorado Daily originally was the student-run campus paper at the University of Colorado, but it split away from the university in 1971 in a dispute with the school's regents over its Vietnam War coverage. For many years, the Daily competed for readers with the Boulder Daily Camera, that city's mainstream paid daily. In 2005, the Camera's owner, E.W. Scripps, bought the Daily from Miller but asked him to stay on as publisher. "After seven years, I think that I've accomplished most of the things that I want to do with the Daily," Miller told the Daily Camera. Al Manzi, who heads the Camera, will assume the publisher role in the interim until a new general manager is named.