By: Joel Davis

Advertising Operation Also Comes With Deal

Canadian publisher David Black, the new owner of the Honolulu
Star-Bulletin, is buying a weekly newspaper that has a press
and an advertising operation that he plans to use as a base for
the Star-Bulletin. Black is buying RFD Publications from
New York-based Trans Capital Corp. for an undisclosed price. RFD
publishes MidWeek, a free weekly entertainment magazine in
Honolulu with a circulation of 280,000.

In addition to MidWeek, the deal gives Black, whose
eleventh-hour purchase of the Star-Bulletin involves only
the editorial operation, an immediate production and advertising
base. Black will acquire RFD Publication’s advertising,
circulation, and distribution staff, along with its Kaneohe,
Oahu, printing plant.

Black, 54, is slated to take over ownership of the 59,748-

circulation Star-Bulletin March 16. The paper has a joint
operating agreement (JOA) with the 106,590-circulation
Honolulu Advertiser, which controls the printing,
circulation, and advertising functions of the JOA.

Black, owner of 80 small dailies and weeklies in Canada and the
Pacific Northwest, is paying $10,000 for the Star-

Bulletin’s name, editorial staff, subscription and
advertising lists, and some equipment.

Joel Davis (jdavis@editorandpublisher.com) is West Coast editor for E&P.

Copyright 2000, Editor & Publisher.

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