Owner: Oahu Publications Inc.
Effective: June 7, 2010
Oahu Publications, which owns the Star-Bulletin, will buy Gannett’s Advertiser. The Advertiser is the larger newspaper. Under antitrust laws, the Star-Bulletin will be put up for sale. If no one buys it, the papers will be consolidated, Star-Bulletin publisher Dennis Francis said. If they are combined, there will be layoffs. “We cannot keep both staffs intact as they are, but we haven’t determined what that number is yet,” Francis told Editor & Publisher.
Update: If the Star-Bulletin is not sold and the papers merge, 600 Honolulu Advertiser employees will be laid off. (03.12.10)
Source: Editor & Publisher
Update: The merged paper will employ 450 people; “about 430″ will be laid off according to an announcement from Star-Bulletin Publisher Dennis Francis. Only 28 of the Honolulu Advertiser’s 120 newsroom employees were offered jobs after the merger; all 83 Star-Bulletin employees retained their jobs. (06.07.10)
Source: Honolulu Advertiser