New editor for ‘The Witness’

2015-03-27 00:00

ZOUBAIR Ayoob (pictured) has been appointed editor of The Witness, Media24 News announced yesterday.

Ayoob had been acting editor since December 1, 2014, following Andrew Trench’s appointment as editor-in-chief of News24.

Ayoob started his career in journalism as a junior crime reporter at The Witness in 1996, and has been the paper’s deputy editor since 2012. Between 2004 and 2012 he gained experience as a senior reporter, news editor and night editor at the Mercury, before returning to The Witness.

“Since his return, Zoubair has been closely involved in change management and new workflow processes, and has overseen various projects to generate new income,” says Ishmet Davidson, head of Media24 News.

“He is the ideal candidate to bring stability and new energy to one of our flagship newspapers. We wish him every success in his new role.”

Ayoob, who holds a diploma in journalism from Durban University of Technology, said he was honoured to be entrusted with the nearly 170-year-old Witness brand and looked forward to continuing its tradition of fearless journalism.

“We have a solid team in place,” he says. “Together with new recruits starting in April and May, and the new News24 wire service launching April 1, we will offer the most comprehensive coverage of Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands and offer business a vehicle through which to grow.”

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