Honolulu Newspaper Vet Takes Over Hawaii News Now

Mark Platte has been named news director for Hawaii News Now, the merged
newsroom representing Honolulu stations KGMB, KHNL and KFVE. Platte replaces
Chris Archer, who is leaving to join the consulting firm SmithGeiger. 

starts at the TV newsroom May 10.

a shared services agreement between MCG Capital Corporation's CBS outlet KGMB
and Raycom's KHNL-KFVE duopoly, which is affiliated with NBC and MyNetworkTV.
The three operate under the Hawaii News Now brand.

of merged media properties, the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin
are in the process of melding into one newspaper called the Honolulu

switch to television was previously reported in Pacific Business News and Honolulu Advertiser, among others.

got loads of newspaper experience, including a decade at the Los Angeles Times
and other stints at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Miami Herald.

lack of TV experience is not seen as a major issue by his new managers.

Platte has a great understanding of how Hawaii works and an even greater love
for this place we call home," Hawaii News Now General Manager Rick Blangiardi
told the Advertiser.

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.