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Washington, DC is a prominent center for national and international media. The Washington Post, founded in 1877, is the oldest and most-read local daily newspaper in Washington. It is probably most notable for its coverage of national and international politics as well as for exposing the Watergate scandal. 'The Post', as it is popularly called, continues to print only three main editions; one each for the District, Maryland and Virginia. Even without expanded national editions, the newspaper has the sixth-highest circulation of all news dailies in the country as of March 2008. USA Today, the nation's largest daily newspaper by circulation, is headquartered in nearby McLean, Virginia.

The Washington Post Company has a daily free commuter newspaper called the Express, which summarizes events, sports and entertainment, as well as the Spanish-language paper El Tiempo Latino. Another local daily, The Washington Times, and the weekly alternative Washington City Paper have substantial readership in the Washington area as well. A number of community and specialty papers focus on neighbourhood and cultural issues including: the weekly Washington Blade and Metro Weekly, which focus on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-sexual) issues; and the Washington Informer and The Washington Afro American, which highlight topics of interest to the black community. Two Washington newspapers, The Hill and Roll Call, focus exclusively on issues related to Congress and the federal government.

The Washington Metropolitan Area is the ninth-largest television media market in the US with 2,308,290 homes (2.05% of the U.S. population). Several media companies and cable television channels have their headquarters in Washington DC, including: C-SPAN; Black Entertainment Television (BET); the National Geographic Channel; Smithsonian Networks; XM Satellite Radio; National Public Radio (NPR); Discovery Communications (in Silver Spring, Maryland); and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) (in Alexandria, Virginia). The headquarters of Voice of America, the US government's international news service, is located near the Capitol in Southwest Washington. The DC area is also home to Radio One, the nation's largest African American media conglomerate, founded by media mogul Cathy Hughes.





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