Malawi’s oldest print media giant BP&P Times Group has re-engaged the services of its former editor Frederick Ndala Jnr currently an employee of rival Nation Publications Limited (NPL), Nyasa Times can reveal.
The company, which has five publications namely, The Daily Times, Malawi News, The Sunday Times, Weekend Times and Financial Times, has over the past months been hit by shortage of senior staff due to retrenchment, suspensions and resignations.
Meanwhile, the group’s management has agreed to hire back editor Ndala who reportedly left the company some six years due to irreconcilable differences with management at the time.
“I can confirm that we have indeed brought back Ndala as you are aware he is member of our family. He is one of the longest serving editors of Malawi News,” said one of the senior managers who declined to be named.
However, the company’s Group Managing Director Leonard Chikadya refused to talk to Nyasa Times when contacted on the development.
“Sorry, but I can’t grant you an interview, thanks,” said Chikadya.
Ndala, who is currently working as NPL’s bureau chief for the northern region, could neither deny nor confirm when contacted.
He worked as Malawi News Editor until he resigned in 2006 but proceeded to launch his own weekly newspaper, The News, which folded due to lack of advertising before he later joined NPL in 2010.