Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Front Page Five-0

KGMB's Howzit Howard writes about Hawaii's newspaper war:

Honolulu, one of the few U.S. cities with two daily newspapers, will see its newspaper war heat up as the economy cools down. Recession is forcing some moves the underdog paper should have undertaken long ago.

The Honolulu Advertiser, owned by Gannett Corp., is the dominant daily, with more than twice the circulation of the Star-Bulletin, owned by Canadian publisher David Black with several local partners.

On Monday, to save money, the Star-Bulletin will engage in shape-shifting and a time warp. It will switch to the vertical format used by its sister publication MidWeek. And it will switch from afternoons to mornings.

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