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The Maui News will add a Saturday edition, starting seven-day-a-week publication March 10, Publisher Patrick Saka said yesterday.
"We have been talking about this for years, and we just decided that now the time was right," Saka said.
Hawaii Newspaper Guild administrative officer Wayne Cahill said, "Saka told me they were doing it because of aggressive moves in the Maui market by the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin."
The papers last audited circulation was 17,000 to 19,000 weekdays, and almost 24,000 on Sundays.
Published in the afternoon for 100 years, the News went to mornings six days a week in July. Hawaiis last locally owned daily, it was sold by the Cameron family in February to West Virginia-based Ogden Newspapers Inc.
The newspaper has about 120 employees, about 100 of them represented by unions. Cahill said he did not know if the new schedule would mean hiring additional employees.