Malawi’s media giant, Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) or the Times Group, has taken a bold step to reshuffle positions to a youthful crop amidst fears of retrenchment.
Media group of companies which has sacked head of Times Courier, Stella Hara , is now being led by long serving Brian Ligomeka, as the Managing Editor.
Old timer Limbani Moya is now Editor for the weekend giant, Malawi News. Moya takes over the post which was held by Steve Nhlane now Presidential press secretary.
Arnold Chachacha Munthali moves up to head the scandal sheet, Weekend Times where Moya was its first editor.
More new faces in the leadership at news company includes Dan Nyirenda who is Editor for the Daily Times from Business Times where Thom Khanje has atken over as editor. Idriss Nassah is the Sunday Times‘ Editor.
Readers have reacted with varying emotions, with more saying the changes are long overdue and that there is a new blood phenomenon taking place in the country.
“Just as in the political arena, I am happy that more young people are daring into managerial and top posts. This is impressive,” said Innocent Kalibu of Lilongwe.
In politics, more young faces have come in including that of Atupele Muluzi and Enock Chihana, both sons to some of Malawi’s top notch political leaders.
Daily Times started publishing during the colonial era as the Nyasaland Times and has since grown to create a web of companies in newspaper and general publishing, including courier services.