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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Sunday, August 1, 2004


TV Week now includes best features of old and new editions

By Anne Harpham

We received several calls this past week about our new TV Week section, which is now being printed on our new press in Kapolei.

As a result of the switch to the new press, the section contained crisper printing and new color-coded program grids, and eliminated the creasing and smudging that had plagued the section recently because of our aged presses in the News Building.

However, some readers were unhappy because there were fewer movie descriptions in the new TV book.

We heard your concerns, and this week's TV Week contains more movie descriptions. All movies listed on the TV grids with ratings of two stars or better should be described this week.

All comments made by readers are being reviewed by those who compile the TV Week. If you have questions or comments, please call 538-6397 or e-mail myadvertiser@honoluluadvertiser.com

Switch glitches

On July 21, we began printing the PM edition of The Advertiser at our new press in Kapolei. It is the only edition now being printed there in its entirety. News sections for the state edition, distributed on the Neighbor Islands, and the morning final edition, distributed on O'ahu, are still being printed on our old presses.

Our intent, of course, was that this transition be seamless for our PM readers. As several of you called to point out, that wasn't so on three occasions, when stories from an earlier edition mistakenly appeared in the PM. In each case, a plate for a page that had appeared in the early edition was not replaced by an updated plate for the PM.

We are in a transition period with the presses and there are unique challenges in printing at two different sites. We've refined both newsroom and production procedures to solve the problems that PM readers called about.

Meanwhile, we're also receiving compliments on the printing clarity and vivid color made possible by our new presses. We're looking forward to showcasing both throughout all editions of The Advertiser when printing of the entire newspaper shifts to Kapolei later this month.

Olympic coverage

In less than two weeks, much of the world's attention will turn to the summer Olympic Games in Athens. Our Sports Department is already putting together its plan for coverage.

Sports editor Curtis Murayama and his staff are working on a special section that will be printed at Kapolei and kick off the coverage.

The Games' opening ceremony will be at 7:45 a.m. (Hawai'i time) on Friday, Aug. 13. Look for stories and photos in the PM edition that day and in Saturday morning's paper. Throughout the Games, we'll publish TV listings, medal rankings, results and stories from each day.

Senior editor Anne Harpham is The Advertiser's reader representative. Reach her at 525-8033 or aharpham@honoluluadvertiser.com.