Senior staff at The New Age resign

2010-10-19 19:49

Johannesburg - Five senior staff members of The New Age newspaper editorial team, including editor Vuyo Mvoko, resigned on Tuesday.

"It was with regret that we received the resignations of five senior members of our editorial team, at 15:00 today (Tuesday), the day before we were due to publish our newspaper," said managing editor Gary Naidoo in a statement.

Naidoo said the "anticipated launch will be withheld for tomorrow (Wednesday)".

He said management and staff remained "fully committed" and assured that the project would be a success.

"Management is satisfied that all sections of the project are on track and will advise shortly of its future plans."

The night editor, Jeremy Shepherd Smith, was appointed as acting interim editor, Naidoo said.

The new daily, owned by TNA Media, was initially scheduled to launch in mid-September, but this was postponed to October 20.

The newspaper would be published by Bennett Colemen & Co LTD which publishes the world's largest English newspaper, The Times of India.

It would be funded by the Gupta Group, which has close links to the ruling ANC.

TNA's executive chairperson is Atul Gupta, while former minister in the presidency Essop Pahad is a director and senior adviser and former Anglo American SA CEO Lazarus Zim is a director.