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Friday, February 16, 2001


joins forces with

The newpaper's incoming
owner broadens the publication's
TV alliances with a sports news deal

Star-Bulletin staff

The buyer of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin is teaming up with KFVE-TV and KHNL-TV's NEWS8 in a sports news partnership.

The deal follows a similar agreement with KITV 4 on general interest news.

Oahu Publications, which takes control of the Star-Bulletin next month, and NEWS8 said yesterday they are finalizing a partnership in which NEWS8 reporters and anchors will write news and sports columns as well as features for MidWeek, the free weekly newspaper that Oahu Publications is also buying.

KFVE, NEWS8, the Star-Bulletin and Midweek will also take part in joint sports promotions.

While details of this agreement are being finalized, John Fink, vice president and general manager of NEWS8 and KFVE, said that one of the ideas is to cross promote University of Hawaii sports. KFVE has the broadcast rights for UH sports, including football and basketball.

"We see great synergistic opportunities ahead," said Fink.

"We're looking forward to being involved with Oahu Publications and expanding both of our audiences."

On Tuesday, Oahu Publications said it will form an alliance with KITV in which the two companies will share resources and expertise on a variety of general interest news subjects, such as election coverage, political polling and in-depth reporting projects.

Oahu Publications, the local subsidiary of Canada-based Black Press Ltd., will assume ownership of the 119-year-old Star-Bulletin on March 15. The company also is acquiring RFD Publications in Kaneohe, which publishes the 270,000-circulation MidWeek, from the Newhouse media conglomerate.

NEWS8 and KFVE are owned by Raycom Media, which owns 36 television stations nationwide.

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