Friday, May 14, 2010
Hawaii's two largest newspapers -- the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser -- will publish separately for the last time June 6.
Star-Bulletin Publisher Dennis Francis says the newspapers will then merge June 7 to form the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The owner of the Star-Bulletin, Oahu Publications Inc., has purchased the larger Advertiser from Gannett Co.
Francis says the merger means about one-third of the Star-Bulletin's 300 employees and about half of the Advertiser's staff of 580 will lose their jobs.
He says under union contracts, Star-Bulletin members of the Hawaii Newspaper Guild will retain their newsroom jobs.
Francis says he expects the size of the Star-Advertiser newsroom to be between 75 and 120 workers.