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Tuesday, May 23, 2000

Maui News to be
morning paper

Associated Press


WAILUKU -- The Maui News will end a century of afternoon publication in July and become a morning newspaper, its publisher announced.

The six-day-a-week newspaper will make the switch July 24.

"With this change, we will be able to not only provide our readers with the coverage they have come to expect from The Maui News, but also get it to them at the best time of the day -- bright and early, first thing in the morning," publisher and general manager Patrick Saka said.

The newspaper will continue its current publishing schedule, with no edition on Saturday.

Saka said readers will notice changes in the look of The Maui News over the next several months as the newspaper implements new computer technology.

The Maui News began publishing as a weekly newspaper but gradually increased to two, three and five days a week before adopting its present schedule in September 1984.

Only its Sunday paper was a morning edition.

The Maui News has a circulation of 16,447 Monday through Thursday, 18,672 on Friday and 23,429 on Sunday, according to the 1999 Editor & Publisher International Year Book.

In recent months, circulation has been increasing as the paper began publishing earlier in the day. The impending changeover will leave the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and The Garden Island of Lihue as Hawaii's only afternoon newspapers.

The News' changeover will come just months after the paper was sold by the Cameron family to Ogden Newspapers Inc. of Wheeling, W. Va., on Feb. 1.

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