The 154-year-old US newspaper the Honolulu Advertiser published its last edition yesterday [Sunday 6 June]. Its website has tributes from staff past and present, a timeline of the Advertiser to its sale and closure, and a report on Honolulu’s future as a one-newspaper town. The newspaper’s website will also close – its final reports on the end of the Advertiser are the last items published to its news channels.
US newspaper group Gannett – parent company of Newsquest in the UK – sold the paper earlier this year to David Black of Black Press Ltd, who owns Honolulu’s other newspaper, the Star-Bulletin.
A report from the Advertiser explains:
The closing also marks the shutdown of one of Hawaii’s oldest and largest businesses. About 400 people will lose their jobs – most at The Advertiser, but also about 91 workers at the printing plant in Kanē’ohe that produces the Star-Bulletin and MidWeek.
The surviving daily will debut as a broadsheet tomorrow with a new name that pays homage to both newspapers: the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.