The new Honolulu Star-Advertiser — the publication resulting from the recent merger of the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin — will make its debut on June 7, with both papers continuing to run separately until then.
The merger will result in several redundancies, with about 400 employees expected to lose their jobs. Dennis Francis, the current publisher of the Star-Bulletin who will go on to serve as publisher of the new newspaper, said he is planning to hire “enough to get the job that the community expects us to deliver,” which amounts to about half of the Advertiser‘s 580 employees from across its newsroom, sales and distribution teams. Additionally, about a third of the Star-Bulletin‘s 300 employees will also be laid off from that paper’s printing and distribution departments.
The Star-Bulletin began interviewing Advertiser employees on Tuesday, with the interview process expected to last about two weeks.