Wednesday, November 13, 2013

(NEWZIMBABWE) New names new editor
Take off ... New's new editor Gilbert Nyambabvu
17/10/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

NEW Zimbabwe Media Ltd has appointed Gilbert Nyambabvu editor of the New news website following the departure of founding editor, Mduduzi Mathuthu.

Nyambabvu (Twitter: @GNyambabvu), who deputised Mathuthu (Twitter: @Mathuthu), takes over with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Mathuthu is set to join the Zimbabwe Newspapers Group-published Bulawayo Chronicle after steering New to be the most read Zimbabwean website on the internet.

Announcing the changes, New Zimbabwe Media Ltd CEO Jeff Madzingo said: “Mathuthu has been an outstanding servant for us and the public face of our news website since 2003.

“He wanted to return home from England and found the offer to edit his hometown newspaper where he cut his teeth in journalism too hard to resist. We wish him well in his new adventure.”

The departing Mathuthu backed Nyambabvu – who holds a Diploma in Mass Communication, a degree in English and Communication Studies from Leeds Trinity and is enrolled for a Masters in Journalism programme with Leeds Met University – to be a success in his new role.

He said: “I don’t know of a better man to come in and keep New top of the pile. I’m a great admirer of him as a writer and I’m in no doubt that he will be a great success.

“People read New because it’s fair and balanced, and for its exciting packaging of news. There can be no doubt that Nyambabvu will carry this winning formula forward.”

Mathuthu said he had given "great thought" to the offer from Zimpapers to join the Chronicle and believed he had made the right decision.

"Zimpapers liked our edgy style at New and they thought I could really add value to the Chronicle. They agreed to go back to a tabloid after the broadsheet experiment and I see an opportunity in what is a great challenge to increase the newspaper's market share," Mathuthu said.

"Anyone who knows me will be in no doubt that I will approach this job in a professional way and in the process I hope to break an unhealthy media taboo that it's not cool to leave the private media for the public media. This polarisation is responsible for the lowering of journalism standards in Zimbabwe."

Madzingo said the imminent launch of a new design for the New website in the next seven days will empower the new editor to grow the website further.

Mathuthu, who holds a Diploma in International Journalism and Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Glamorgan, is set to take over from Itai Musengeyi at the Chronicle from November 1, according to a statement by Zimpapers board chairman Charles Utete.

The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed Zimpapers has also named Caesar Zvayi as editor of its flagship Herald newspaper, replacing Innocent Gore who takes over as Digital Media editor where he is expected to spearhead the development of new products among them BH24, and Sport24.

Zvayi will be deputised by Mabasa Sasa, formerly the editor of the Southern Times, a joint venture partnership between Zimpapers and New Era of Namibia.
Musengeyi leaves the Chronicle to join the Southern Times as editor.

Jorum Nyathi, immediate past spokesperson of JOMIC and former deputy editor of the Zimbabwe Independent, has been appointed Group Political Editor.

Herald senior assistant editor Tumeliso Makhurane has been appointed editor of The Sunday News in Bulawayo, taking over from Paul Mambo who died in August.

Munyaradzi Huni has been promoted to deputy editor at the Sunday Mail from his previous post as assistant editor, taking over from Nomsa Nkala who is set to head a new Zimpapers television station.

Brezhnev Malaba will remain as editor of the Sunday Mail, the country’s biggest selling newspaper.

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