Details emerging about Honolulu Advertiser layoffs

Details emerging about Honolulu Advertiser layoffs

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Only 26 editorial employees from the Honolulu Advertiser will be hired by the new Star-Advertiser. That will leave about 100 workers at the Advertiser without jobs.

Among the 26 staying are columnist Lee Cataluna, sports reporter Stephen Tsai and photographer and reporter Bruce Asato. Star-Bulletin publisher Dennis Francis has said anyone who was going to be kept should have heard by Tuesday. But Hawaii News Now business reporter Howard Dicus says this may not be the final roster.

"It's not always that simple. An employee slotted to stay, could take an offer someplace else, making it possible to keep someone that management did not expect to be able to keep. But mostly the staff is now locked in. Star-Bulletin publisher Oahu Publications has confirmed to the transition publisher it will take the reins to put out the new paper you see one week from Tuesday.

"Most transition employees who won't be part of the new team will work their last day Friday, some over the weekend. An internal memo today confirmed that and also said such employees will be on paid leave subject to recall through July 2nd, with paychecks on June 10, June 25 and July 2nd" said Dicus.

The last edition of both newspapers is June 6th before the staff combine to publish the new Honolulu Star-Advertiser on June 7th.

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