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sold O‘ahu Publications buys The Garden Island

Kaua‘i’s oldest newspaper will continue to be printed Monday to Friday, Sunday

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Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 1:00 am | Updated: 3:59 pm, Thu Jan 24, 2013.

LIHU‘E — O‘ahu Publications, Inc. (OPI) and Kaua‘i Publishing Co. announced today that OPI has purchased The Garden Island newspaper from Lee Enterprises, of Davenport, Iowa. The expected closing date is February 11, 2013.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not released. Under the agreement, The Garden Island, with a total average circulation of 9,509 daily and 8,413 on Sundays, will continue to be published Monday through Friday and Sunday.

“We are pleased that The Garden Island will continue to be owned by a newspaper company with a demonstrated commitment to strong journalism and one that understands the importance of a locally produced daily newspaper on Kaua‘i,” said The Garden Island and Kaua‘i Publishing Co. publisher Casey Quel Fitchett.

Dennis Francis, OPI president and publisher of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, said the acquisition of the Kaua‘i newspaper demonstrates OPI’s continuing commitment to keeping the newspaper industry in Hawai‘i healthy and growing.

“In 1902, Kaua‘i Publishing Company began printing The Garden Island, one of Hawai‘i’s most historic and enduring newspapers,” said Francis. “We want this newspaper to continue building its journalistic legacy and serving the people of Kaua‘i. We feel strongly that Kaua‘i residents need their own in-depth, locally-produced daily news.”

Francis said that The Garden Island’s editorial, advertising and some distribution functions will continue under existing staff but that production and printing will take place at the Star-Advertiser’s state-of-the-art printing facility in Kapolei on O‘ahu. The Garden Island newspaper will be flown to Kaua‘i daily for distribution. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is already flown over every morning. There will be no change in delivery schedules and no increase in cost for The Garden Island as a result of printing on O‘ahu.

“We believe this is a great opportunity for The Garden Island’s print and online editions to evolve and expand with our association with the state’s largest media company,” Fitchett said. “Our sole concern is for our readers, and we want them to know that we will continue to put out the best newspaper possible, reflecting the local issues and concerns of Kaua‘i residents.”

OPI has made philanthropy and giving back to the community a key part of its publishing philosophy and will ensure that The Garden Island continues this philosophy, including enabling newspaper subscribers to make charitable donations while paying for their subscriptions. In 2012, the Star-Advertiser distributed more than $3 million to local nonprofit organizations.

“We will incorporate our approach to giving back to the community into The Garden Island’s business plan,” Francis said. “We want the residents of Kaua‘i to know that we care about what happens there and The Garden Island will play a positive role in the Kaua‘i community.”

In 2005, Lee Enterprises, which owns more than 50 daily newspapers in 23 states, bought Pulitzer, Inc., which owned Kaua‘i Publishing Co. and The Garden Island.

O‘ahu Publications, Inc., is the publisher of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawai‘i’s only statewide daily newspaper.

The Garden Island, one of Hawai‘i’s oldest continuously published newspapers, was established in 1902 by Kaua‘i Publishing Co.

See future editions of The Garden Island for more information on the sale of Kaua‘i’s community newspaper.

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9 comments:

  • Cholan posted at 11:12 pm on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    Cholan Posts: 4

    Yes Cliffs, hope the new owners will change the editors or TGI's liberal policy.


    Also to tolerate comments that post links to news/info related to a thread, without feeling threatened or intimidated that TGI didn't publish it. E.G. KHON2's report about; Mother grieves after 4-year-old daughter dies from flu This concerns the public, & my link should be allowed, but someone deleted it.

     
  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 8:51 am on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    A paid subscription would be nice... by the time I see my paper... someone else has read the Good News off it already!

    That's why I read mine online and then if there's an ad or other things I need; then I look at my hard copy.

     
  • Erococo posted at 7:38 am on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    Erococo Posts: 11

    Congratulations, may the changes be welcome and positive. What do you need from us readers?

     
  • powerplus posted at 10:33 pm on Tue, Jan 22, 2013.

    powerplus Posts: 3

    So you take the people who helped build the newspaper for many years and put them on the unemployment line , and how does that make any sense ,, seems to be there is no loyalty for the employees who help to build a company these days ....we will never change what we tolerate .....

     
  • LTE Reader posted at 4:12 pm on Tue, Jan 22, 2013.

    LTE Reader Posts: 3

    I sure hope they don't start charging us online. During bad weather, road closures, etc. I find this forum is so often packed with 'up to date' information from residents around the Island. It would be a shame to lose this!

     
  • Cliffs posted at 8:10 am on Tue, Jan 22, 2013.

    Cliffs Posts: 16

    Well, I guess it is a sign of the times. Good question, kaupani. Will TGI be placed behind a pay wall?


    This may be a favorable change. I noticed that some of the stories in TGI have been appearing quite tilted--the scales tipping to weighing in weed...no pun intended.


    Some front page stories have been a bit too dramatic, LTEs inflammatory, and alternative views omitted. But, that's the Editor for sure.


    Promoting the legalization of marijuana and anit-law enforcement. Exercise your rights as an American, and at the same time adhere to ethical journalism--please keep stories in The Garden Island news objective. TGI was beginning to read like "The Garden Island Harvest Times. OPI, please keep an eye on this and put to press ink that covers complete stories.

     
  • ookauai posted at 6:39 am on Tue, Jan 22, 2013.

    ookauai Posts: 24

    “We are pleased that The Garden Island will continue to be owned by a newspaper company with a demonstrated commitment to strong journalism and one that understands the importance of a locally produced daily newspaper on Kaua‘i,”


    So close down the press on Kauai and put 10 + people out of work?

     
  • kaupani posted at 6:35 am on Tue, Jan 22, 2013.

    kaupani Posts: 19

    Will thegardenisland.com be placed behind a paywall like the SA?

     
  • manoaborn posted at 4:55 am on Tue, Jan 22, 2013.

    manoaborn Posts: 159

    So does this mean we will no longer be able to read the online edition without paying for a subscription as the Honolulu paper requires?

     

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