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Posted on: Sunday, January 28, 2001

Newspaper, TV station expand deal

Advertiser Staff

The Honolulu Advertiser and KHON Channel 2 today announced an expanded partnership that commits the newspaper and the television station to share expertise on various news projects.

Although they are separate and competitive news organizations, The Advertiser and Channel 2 News have collaborated for years on a number of projects, including the Hawai'i Poll, political debates and the state spelling bee.

The new arrangement expands that collaboration to include the use of Advertiser columnists and reporters on Channel 2 News to provide analysis, participate in discussion of news events and share expertise on various topics.

The Advertiser and Channel 2 News are also discussing possible joint news projects that would include print, broadcast and Internet elements. The partnership may also include some community service projects and joint sponsorships.

Starting in March, Channel 2 News weather anchor Trini Kaopuiki will appear on The Advertiser's weather page with daily weather tips and facts.

"While we remain competitive news organizations, this partnership allows both The Advertiser and KHON to expand their presence and news leadership in the community and to share stories and special projects with an even wider audience," said Michael Fisch, president and publisher of The Advertiser.

Bill Spellman, vice president and general manager of KHON said: "The opportunity for these two news organizations working together to provide more insight for Hawai'i is unsurpassed. Both The Honolulu Advertiser and Channel 2 News are the respective news leaders, and their combined expertise will benefit the community and, most importantly, the individual who is interested in news."

The Advertiser is Hawai'i's largest newspaper with a daily circulation of 107,500 and Sunday circulation of 187,000.

KHON Channel 2, a Fox affiliate, is Hawaii's No. 1-rated television station, sign-on to sign-off. The Channel 2 News with Joe Moore has been the No. 1-rated newscast in Hawai'i for more than 15 years.

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