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154-year-old Honolulu Advertiser prints last issue
Town Hall ^ | 6-5-10 | Audrey McAvoy

Posted on 06/05/2010 8:32:20 AM PDT by STARWISE

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser have competed to chronicle Hawaii for more than a century.

That rivalry ends Sunday when the Advertiser, Hawaii's largest newspaper, publishes its last edition. It's being bought out and combined with its smaller rival.

More than 400 reporters, pressmen and other workers are losing their jobs.

The 154-year-old Advertiser is the latest casualty of the recession and the upheaval that the Internet has unleashed on the traditional media industry.

The new owner plans to launch the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Monday.

Honolulu now joins Denver and Seattle as cities served by only one daily newspaper and a shrinking pool of professional journalists.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: closed; davidblack; deathwatch; dinosaurmedia; dinosaurmediawatch; hi; honolulu; honoluluadvertiser
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"That rivalry ends Sunday when the Advertiser, Hawaii's largest newspaper, publishes its last edition after being bought out and combined with its smaller rival. More than 400 reporters, pressmen and other workers are losing their jobs."

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Oahu Publications owner David Black offered to buy the Advertiser from Gannett Co. after determining his company would have to close the Star-Bulletin or purchase the Advertiser to survive. After announcing a deal with Gannett, Black put the Star-Bulletin up for sale to satisfy antitrust laws but never got an acceptable offer.

A decade ago, Black was the one who saved Honolulu from becoming a one-newspaper town by purchasing the Star-Bulletin from Liberty Newspapers LP. Liberty had agreed to accept $26.5 million from Gannett to shut down the Star-Bulletin, but a court ordered the newspaper to be put on the market. Back then, the Star-Bulletin was selling 63,500 papers a day."

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(December 2001) Starting Over: When David Black bought the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, he acquired little more than a name-plate and an editorial staff; In just over three months, he built a brand-new newspaper

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Desolation Sound doesn't seem like the ideal place to begin rescuing a newspaper. It is a popular cruising spot off the wild western coast of British Columbia that attracts the hardy sailors.

Like David Black, a wealthy Canadian newspaper entrepreneur who last year bought the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, an ailing afternoon daily whose assets consisted of little more than a nameplate and an editorial staff.

In just over three months, he built a brand-new newspaper.

How he pulled it off against steady predictions that it could not be done--and for a few dark nights it looked like it could not--is a tale of newspaper derring-do. For those who lived it, the startup was a grand adventure, maybe even a miracle.

But survival was never assured, and still is not certain.

The story begins in July 2000 as Black sailed his 77-foot ketch, the Esperanza, through Desolation Sound. His cell phone rang. It was Phil Murray, a Santa Fe newspaper broker.

Murray had not been able to find a major American publisher who was interested in buying the 60,000-circulation Star-Bulletin. It would mean getting into a newspaper war against the morning paper owned by Gannett, the largest owner of U.S. newspapers, with a reputation for putting its competitors out of business.

Murray figured that Canadians were more used to operating in competitive markets and might not be scared off by the prospect of duking it out with Gannett.

Black immediately asked: "Is there a commercial printing press on the island?"

There was.

"Is it for sale?" was his second question.

1 posted on 06/05/2010 8:32:21 AM PDT by STARWISE
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To: BIGLOOK; Fred Nerks; BP2; Red Steel; El Gato; rxsid; thecodont; butterdezillion; Danae; ...

~~Ping!


2 posted on 06/05/2010 8:35:08 AM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, hunker down & go Galt)
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To: STARWISE

Needs a “Dinosaur Media DeathWatch” tag.


3 posted on 06/05/2010 8:37:07 AM PDT by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: STARWISE

1. They’re admitting we’re still in a recession?

2. They aren’t dying because of recession. They’re dying because they’re liberal and people aren’t buying their crap.

3. They can’t figure out why because they can’t see (or admit if they do see) their own bias that everyone else can see, they think they’re objective and everyone else clearly sees they aren’t. They are kidding themselves.

4. Print media is archaic. They are the buggy-whi industry and they are refusing to change. Those that are going online have a better chance at figuring out how to be profitable. However if they don’t get their acts together and admit bias or deal with their bias and become more balanced, and leave opinions out of what’s supposed to be news stories, they won’t make it even if they do change.


4 posted on 06/05/2010 8:38:25 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: STARWISE; Fred Nerks; null and void; stockpirate; george76; PhilDragoo; Candor7; rxsid; ...

Sooooooooooooo, what will happen to their archives???


5 posted on 06/05/2010 8:39:04 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 499 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: STARWISE

Hawaii is faced with a shrinking pool of professional leftists.


6 posted on 06/05/2010 8:39:26 AM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: null and void; All

That’s the immediate thought.


7 posted on 06/05/2010 8:40:29 AM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, hunker down & go Galt)
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To: null and void

shredded


8 posted on 06/05/2010 8:41:20 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: STARWISE; abb

which was more liberal?


9 posted on 06/05/2010 8:43:21 AM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: STARWISE

Down the memory hole I bet. A “current of warm air”, and problem gone...


10 posted on 06/05/2010 8:43:30 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 499 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Or worse, altered and used as fact.


11 posted on 06/05/2010 8:44:22 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 499 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: STARWISE

One down — one to go.


12 posted on 06/05/2010 8:44:53 AM PDT by Harpo Speaks (Honk! Honk! Honk! Either it's foggy out, or make that a dozen hard boiled eggs.)
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To: Goreknowshowtocheat
We visited Pearl Harbor and several other spots in Hawaii a couple months ago. I noticed a large number of street people milling around the canal and other locations. Thew Big Island also seems to have a large share of non-working people just hanging around all day.
13 posted on 06/05/2010 8:47:40 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
shredded

'recycled'...

14 posted on 06/05/2010 8:48:07 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Yeah ;-)


15 posted on 06/05/2010 8:48:53 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Maybe people aren’t buying their LIBERAL lies anymore?

Is this a LIBERAL paper?

Don’t fret, maybe Obama will bail them out.


16 posted on 06/05/2010 8:53:03 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: null and void
Sooooooooooooo, what will happen to their archives???

Archives???? We don't need no stinkin' archives!

17 posted on 06/05/2010 8:56:38 AM PDT by melancholy
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To: STARWISE

18 posted on 06/05/2010 8:59:49 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: STARWISE

Maybe they shouldn’t have restricted people from posting Advertiser articles on other websites and blogs?

Many’s the time I found an interseting story on the Advertiser but didn’t excerpt-post it here and other places because of their ‘copyright’ policy. Just waited a few day until it came out in the Bulletin or the Hawaii Reporter and then posted that ... which brought more readers to their competitors webpage.

Stupid is a stupid does.


19 posted on 06/05/2010 9:07:31 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: STARWISE
Maybe they'll print Barry' BC as a going-away present...


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

20 posted on 06/05/2010 9:08:55 AM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

First trip to Hawaii?


21 posted on 06/05/2010 9:17:29 AM PDT by stormer
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To: STARWISE; abb; All

22 posted on 06/05/2010 9:25:42 AM PDT by Zakeet (The Big Wee Wee -- rapidly moving America from WTF to SNAFU to FUBAR)
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To: null and void

They’ve already been “cleansed” don’t ya think?


23 posted on 06/05/2010 9:32:58 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: null and void

Burn baby burn! - Archive inferno!
Burn baby burn! - Burn that paper down
Burn baby burn! - Archive inferno!
Burn baby burn! - Burn that paper down


24 posted on 06/05/2010 10:05:51 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

The HI economy is really in bad shape. Tourism is down and that seems to be the main driver of the fortunes of HI. Lots of Meth heads on the islands also.. Meth heads make great Democrats if they can remember to vote.


25 posted on 06/05/2010 10:37:12 AM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: stormer

Was there 49 years ago for one day.
We sailed in on MSTS on our way back to the USA.
(Army brat.)


26 posted on 06/05/2010 1:21:37 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: null and void

Representative Eni Faleomavaega will buy up all the archives, or at least the 1961 originals for the Obama National Library.


27 posted on 06/05/2010 2:52:29 PM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Hawaii has a reputation as a place where it is difficult to motivate the workforce. When it's another perfect day, what would you really rather be doing, working or going to the beach?
28 posted on 06/05/2010 3:59:06 PM PDT by stormer
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To: STARWISE

“More than 400 reporters are losing their jobs.”

More evidence of that recovery that Obama keeps speaking of.


29 posted on 06/05/2010 4:00:30 PM PDT by Grunthor
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To: Goreknowshowtocheat

We visted the Big island to see the volcano and the guide pointed out a year old lava flow that had destroyed an island neighborhood. The lawa was three feet thick in places. Several islanders had built new homes on top of the solidified lava in the same place where their previous home had stood. No sewer, water or electric power.


30 posted on 06/06/2010 4:56:02 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

My son moved back because of the VOG on the Big Island. (similar to Smog but worse). He did not want his kids to breath it growing up.


31 posted on 06/06/2010 7:03:59 AM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: Goreknowshowtocheat

We got about 25 feet from the creater where the National Park Service has a gift shop. The sulfur dioxide was really strong, along with smoke and dust coming up.
We’d been there taking pictures for half an hour when a Park Service guy came out with a gas mask and ordered us inside. Some measuring divice had gone off, apparently, and he said it was unsafe to breath the fumes.


32 posted on 06/06/2010 10:01:56 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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