HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's two largest newspapers, the Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin will be merging. What many have feared is about to happen, Honolulu will become a one paper city. Hundreds of employees will be laid off and the Advertiser staff is expected to take the biggest hit.
Wayne Cahill, of the Hawaii Newspaper Guild, says it will be devastating.
"It will be very bad many of the employees have been with the paper for years and now they will be out on streets and there are many husband and wife teams and now the whole house will be unemployed" said Cahill.
Tuesday the US Department of Justice closed the investigation into the possible sale of the Bulletin, citing all the bids were too low, including that of State Senator Sam Slom and Malia Zimmerman, editor of HawaiiReporter.com.
Now, Star-Bulletin owner David Black will finalize the purchase of the Advertiser and the deal should be complete by Sunday. Then the merger will begin.
Star-Bulletin President Dennis Francis says the editorial staff from the Bulletin will stay intact but Oahu Publications will start interviewing the 500 employees at the Honolulu Advertiser and 300 at the Star-Bulletin to decide who will stay.
It will take about 30 to 60 days for the consolidation of the two papers to be complete. The new newspaper will be called the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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