Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saying "Aloha" to the Honolulu Advertiser after 154 years
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin has bought out the Advertiser (both were struggling) and will merge to form one paper, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Twenty-eight journalists from the Star-Bulletin will be brought on board.
This paper goes back to the days of the Kingdom of Hawaii, nearly half a century before it was a US territory or state. This makes Oahu pretty much a one-newspaper town (Honolulu Weekly doesn't really count). I don't like that kind of lack of competition, nor do I like the way larger and larger media groups are lapping up newspapers and reducing the amount of independently written content there is.
Orange County is still a two-paper town, with the Orange County Register and the Orange County edition of the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles itself is sort of a one-paper town (since the Herald-Examiner folded, though the Daily News does have some readership), but there is some competition from "local" papers like the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Here's the link to the Honolulu Advertiser story on its own demise. Here it is in the Los Angeles Times, too, just in case the former link ends up dying soon (the Star-Bulletin also has the story).