UPDATE: Oahu Publications Loses Two Print Customers, Keeps a Third

By: Jim Rosenberg

In a note to readers, Honolulu Weekly Editor Ragnar Carlson attributed last week’s late distribution of his paper to production and distribution schedule changes occasioned by Oahu Publications’ purchase of the Honolulu Advertiser.

Carlson explained that for almost a decade, the Weekly was printed at Oahu Publications’ MidWeek press in Kaneohe. In May, publisher Laurie Carlson (no relation to the editor) was informed that the MidWeek press would be relocated to the mainland, and that the Weekly could be printed on the manroland press in the Advertiser‘s large modern plant  in Kapolei.

The publisher said a consequent new 12-inch format meant the tabloid would lose almost a fifth of its page space. “And they announced they’d be raising our rates by 30%,” she is quoted saying.

Ragnar Carlson said the Weekly is now printed by the Maui News. And as of July 2, Pacific Business News, said Publisher Mary Beth Lohman, also will be printed by the Maui News, a 100-year-old Ogden Newspapers daily in Wailuku, which prints on a 4-year-old Manugaph DGM Advantage II press.

Contrary to an earlier report, the East Oahu Sun did not print at Oahu Publications and will not be printed at the Maui News. The Advertiser has printed the Sun “for the last number of years,” Sun Editor and Publisher J. Matthew Badger told E&P, “and it’s my understanding that our rates will not change under the new ownership. We’re always considering all of our options, but we have made no definite decision to change printing to Maui News.”

Though writing that “the printing is looking terrific,” Weekly editor Carlson explained that editions now close a day earlier, on Monday afternoons, and ship from Maui by barge early Tuesday evenings.

“As a result, our paper will be less able to respond to developments between Friday and Monday,” Carlson wrote. “While we will adjust our assignments and coverage, the consequences are obvious.”

With luck, he continued, “the Weekly will be available mid-day on Wednesdays” rather than the mornings many readers were accustomed to.


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