Anchor Speaks Out About Honolulu Merger

By Andrew Gauthier 

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

The shared services agreement between KGMB-TV and KHNL/KFVE-TV was a taboo topic for KGMB anchor Keahi Tucker at the monthly luncheon of the Hawaii Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators yesterday, but attendees nevertheless gained insight into “The Changing Face of Local Broadcast News,” the day’s theme.

Tucker, KITV reporter Keoki Kerr and KHON anchor Kirk Matthews were the featured panelists who spoke of current challenges, the importance of online social media in news gathering and dissemination, and hope for the industry’s future.

“There’s a lot I can’t say about the shared services agreement because it’s in a legal proceeding,” Tucker said.

However, he said, “we’re trying to make everything we say relevant and meaningful and interesting … our challenge going forward is to take on a bunch of new people at Channel 8 and try to bring that philosophy to this new group and keep it alive.” More…