Index gains Honolulu Star-Bulletin as sister newspaper

“Black Press Ltd., a Canadian company that owns and operates 80 newspapers in western Canada and Washington State, including the Tacoma Daily Index, has announced that the company has reached an agreement to purchase the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.David H. Black, president of Black Press Ltd., said an agreement has been reached in principle with Gannett Co., Inc., and Liberty Newspapers Limited Partnership to purchase the paper. The sale of the 118-year-old afternoon daily is contingent on two items: reaching an acceptable contract agreement with the Hawaii Newspaper Guild and finding a source for newsprint prior to Nov. 30, 2000.The Guild represents most of the newspaper’s 97 employees. If those conditions are met, the Star-Bulletin will change hands on March 15, 2001.Until then, the newspaper will continue to operate under the existing joint operating agreement (JOA).In the meantime, we’ll be hiring people, moving into new spaces, setting up new systems and organizing our advertising, production and delivery departments, Black said. New president for Sound Publishing Manfred Tempelmayr is the new president for Sound Publishing, Bainbridge Island, under which the Tacoma Daily Index operates. Mr. Tempelmayr was vice president of a Canadian publication on Vancouver Island owned by Black Press, Ltd., before his appontment. “