Star-Bulletin,The buyer of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and KITV 4 are forming an alliance in which the media companies will share news resources and expertise.
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The companies will begin
sharing resources after the
newspaper's new owner
takes over March 15
Oahu Publications and KITV said they have reached an agreement in principle to collaborate on a variety of news, weather and community-related projects.
While details of the proposed deal have not yet been worked out, the two companies said they are discussing sharing resources on election coverage, political polls and in-depth reporting projects.
"KITV is pleased to be partnering with the new Star-Bulletin," said Mike Rosenberg, KITV's president and general manager. "We believe this collaboration will provide exceptional news coverage to better serve our viewers."
The deal comes as the Star-Bulletin's rival, the Gannett Co.-owned Honolulu Advertiser, recently announced a similar news partnership with KHON Channel 2.
The Star-Bulletin-KITV partnership takes effect on March 15, which is the day Oahu Publications takes over the 119-year-old Star-Bulletin. In addition to publishing the afternoon Star-Bulletin, Oahu Publications will also launch a morning edition on March 15 and will start a Sunday edition on April 1, to compete head-on with the Advertiser.
"This alliance with KITV is critical," said John Flanagan, who will serve as the Star-Bulletin's editor-in-chief under Oahu Publications. "The Star-Bulletin's editorial line-up and KITV's news team will combine for a formidable force in local journalism."
KITV, the local ABC affiliate, is owned by Hearst-Argyle Television Inc., which owns or manages 27 TV stations nationwide. The Star-Bulletin, with an average daily circulation of 62,500, is the state's oldest daily newspaper.
Oahu Publications is the local subsidiary of Victoria, B.C.-based Black Press Ltd., which owns 80 newspapers in western Canada and Washington state. In addition to the Star-Bulletin, Oahu Publications is acquiring Kaneohe-based RFD Publications, which owns the free weekly newspaper MidWeek.
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