Times TV editor fetes rivals Nation journalists

Times Television news and current affairs editor Gracian Tukula on Tuesday hosted journalists from his company’s rival media empire Nation Publications Limited (NPL) to a sumptuous luncheon at a chic eating place in Blantyre.

Tukula: Editor of Times TV

Tukula: Editor of Times TV

Tukula, one of the senior editors at Times Media Group, invited over 30 NPL newsroom members of staff who included journalists, photographers, technical journalists and drivers to the luncheon which took place at Food Planet at Ginnery Corner.

According to some NPL journalists who partook in the luncheon, Tukula wanted to ‘properly’ bid farewell to NPL members of staff who he has worked with for more than a decade.

“It was a real nice-parting-event, about 36 members of staff were present at the luncheon. There were some speeches in which a number of people spoke on how they will miss him at NPL and he equally gave an inspiring speech. Surely, from his speech he will miss NPL and NPL will miss him too because he was one of the objective editors,” said one NPL member last evening.

A cheapest meal at Food Planet, according to quotes is K900, and on average Tukula might have spent about K50 000 in hosting employees of his media institutions’ company.

However, conspicuously missing was his successor Epharim Munthali but his former boss, according to sources, Edward Chitsulo was presented and made a speech.

Tukula resigned at NPL in September 2014 to join Times Group as head of News and Current Affairs due to what sources within NPL say was due to “frustrations” after his bargain for higher perks was rejected.

He worked for NPL for 20 years but for two years he left to work at British Council in Lilongwe before returning to Malawi’s newspaper giants.

He resigned as editor for The Nation, one of the major titles for Nation Publications Limited, which also publishes Weekend NationNation on Sunday and Fuko which is published in Chichewa and Chitumbuka.

This is reportedly the first time an NPL employee has done this. Lately, several journalists have resigned from The Nation such as Cheu Mita, Emmanuel Muwamba, Anthony Kasunda, MacDonald Bamusi, Mavuto Banda, Bright Sonani, Jacob Jimu, Wisdom Chimgwede and Steven Pembamoyo.

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koma abale pa food planet ndi pa chic place? koma ma story enawa kumangoziwonetsa uchitsiru. tell us important issues and dont just create media celebrities out of each other you media people

Vinco M

Surely, food worth K900 does not qualify to be ‘sumptuous’ and the place itself can not be referred to as ‘chic eating place’. Nyasatimes be serious please sometimes!!!!!!


hahahahah kodi inu mwatani? What is the problem here?


BETTER for their big stomach


This was just as good as a farewell so what is wrong even he could spend k100 000? Thats all he could afford fro his wallet.

Poor Malawi

NPL wake-up! Retention of employee key to success of the company. The more key people live your company the exposure your competition strategies get exposed and the easier your company fail to compete on the market.


Ok, was bargaining for higher perks and was rejected eti? Chabwino


is nations publications limited a sinking ship now????? yes the way they administer the company leaves alot to be desired, there is this boy called kaitane, that guy is a a dunderhead, he is very powerful that even Mbumba Achuthan cant even say anything, fire kaitane and NPL will once again be the media giant!!!!

Kingsley Jika
A wonderful piece of news diluted by the last part. Saying what Tukula did is a marvel to read, sure, but listing others who never did the same, for me, that is, fails to fit in the jig-saw p. Otherwise, Tukula, you are showing us the power of showing respect to those who saw us grow up. It’s moving to learn we have young people around who reason as though they have a cathedral in their heads, so pure! And what impresses me most is that many attended; we have seen parties shunned by the very people who should have… Read more »

Unless I did not understand what the “first-time an NPL journalist has done this, but if it is about resigning to join BNL, then it is not true. Late Jika Nkolokosa, late Edward Chisambo, Steve Nhlane, Daniel Nyirenda, and MacDoanald Bamusi, all left NPL to join BNL in their career lives. Those that left NPL while working as editors are Jika, Edward and Steve and Gracian should be the fourth to do it.

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