The New Age rocked by top resignations

2010-10-19 22:34

Johannesburg - Five senior staff members of The New Age newspaper editorial team, including editor-in-chief 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)".

The five who resigned were: Mvoko, deputy editor Karima Brown, opinion and analysis page editor Vukani Mde, news editor Amy Musgrave and arts and culture editor Damon Boyd.

"Collectively, we have taken the decision that it would be neither proper nor professionally acceptable for us to speak publicly about the reasons for our decision," the five said in a joint statement.

They referred all queries regarding the matter to Naidoo.

'Fully committed'

Naidoo 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 ANC.

TNA's executive chair 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.

  • asv - 2010-10-20 00:38

    hahaha!! Maybe they found out that the only news they would have been writing about,would be ANC news. How boring!!

  • Old Age - 2010-10-20 00:42

    What on earth does "the anticipated launch will be withheld for tomorrow" mean?
    The launch will happen?
    The launch won't happen?

    If the newspaper's spokesperson cannot speak clear English, it does not bode well.

  • Dejavu` - 2010-10-20 01:10

    Yo! It's like the launch of the Citizen newspaper which was a secret fund project of the Vorster govt over thirty years ago.

  • Paul - 2010-10-20 01:39

    It is simple. These 5 men have professional integrety. They refuse to write what the comrades tell them to write.

  • Bobby - 2010-10-20 02:58

    More corruption, welcome independence, lets follow the rest of Africa

  • Anne Boyes - 2010-10-20 04:58

    Not a good start!

  • mahango - 2010-10-20 06:30

    i'm interested to see the position this rag takes on media control.

  • swirl - 2010-10-20 06:42

    hahahaha !!! Typical. This incompetent ANC can't even run a freakin' newspaper ..bwahaha. How on earth do they expect to run a country ?

  • Norman - 2010-10-20 06:54

    What a bunch of palookas the ANC are.Whatever they have touched has turned to total shit,Land Bank,SABC,Mucipalities - country wide,Eskom,SAA,Zim polocy,United Nations,SA-Roads and now the most precious asset of all our nation - water.I am sure my two year old could run a country better.

  • Brandon96end - 2010-10-20 06:58

    Well it's pretty obvious what kind of newspaper this is going to be... any journo worth his / her salt would not be part of a daily / weekly PR publication.

  • mike - 2010-10-20 07:05

    Useless useless ANC. Go back underground!

  • Quiss - 2010-10-20 07:08

    No... you all have it wrong. They have been banned by the new media clamp down laws of the ANC - they are just setting an example: they are so close to the government, they ban themselves!

  • Xram62 - 2010-10-20 07:21

    The real reason for the delay of the launch is this: the journalists were prevented from reporting on crime, corruption, mismanagement of funding, and every ANC project that's NOT fixing something that worked properley before, broke down as a direct result of ANC interference, and have to be fixed now after a "special commission of inquiry" took 7 years to write a one page report....and cost the tax payer millions of Rands. Within these restrictions they ended up with a ONE blank page newspaper with a header on....and you can't exactly publish that, can you? Oh sorry no, you can...and then blame apaptheid because you never received any proper aducation in the school that your mommy and daddy did NOT pay tax for...and that you burnt down. Viva ANC Viva. (Don't worry...the brainless masses will STILL vote for you next's called the Dunning Kruger google that if you know how)

  • Nevermind - 2010-10-20 08:11

    I grabbed a "free" copy earlier this month at one of the filling stations. Ha! what a load of rubbish content!!! They obviously know our underprivileged brothers and sisters will fall for it...

  • stanton - 2010-10-20 08:12

    Probably found out that if they went against the Media Secrecy Bill they would be mowed down or locked away for good. Sad that the news paper has so Much ANC influence .

  • bill - 2010-10-20 08:13

    What's new?

  • DeonL - 2010-10-20 08:15

    The ANC are known for theire lack of planning, we are not surprised at this.

  • JOHN HYMAN - 2010-10-20 08:16

    What a bunch of erks. small start = small finish

  • eh - 2010-10-20 08:16

    Well you can see the credentials.... ANC aligned, comrades running the show. No sense of business perspective, one parochial point of view..... and run with the efficiency and business focus of SAA, SABC, Eskom, Telkom etc etc. Cant wait for them to start nationalising the mines, the banks and everything else that works in SA. What a bunch of morons...

  • Sello - 2010-10-20 08:17

    So, the editors have resigned? Yeah right, what the hell did they expect when they agreed to join a newspaper whose political interests were public knowledge? It's not like they were caught by surprise once they were in. They knew what they were getting into!!!!!!!! Dumb Idiots!

  • David - 2010-10-20 08:19

    Yeah well, one thing is for sure you might have all the resources, capital, feasibility, oppurtunity but one thing is for sure and that is Entrepreneurs are born with the ability and important traits such as knowledge, confidence, energy, hard working. WHich we all know and you know deep inside YOU DON'T HAVE.. totally agree Norman. ANC give it up before its too late, and not only us can't get jobs but you guys yourselves too "DAT IES IMPOSSIPLE!" it is not impossible Juluis decline in economy = less and less jobs = after you fire enough whites eventually you have to start firing else where?????

  • Pupuzela - 2010-10-20 08:19

    They've just created their own news!!

  • Another INFO Scandal - 2010-10-20 08:33

    This is another Information Scandal on the way / Rand Daily Mail / Citizen / same old propaganda techniques as the apartheid government in the making. WTF!

  • mbuso - 2010-10-20 08:34

    well they knw why they resigned bt i can tell now that the media usually cross the line.u knw journalist or news editors must not act like prosecutors or judges they must simple report not to judge people as they r guilty.most of the times newspapers they condem,tried n convict b4 u can brought to court.if they wanna be prosecutors they must resign and apply in dept of ZUMA RAPE HE WAS CONVICTED B4 GOING TO COURT,CDE PHOSA,CDE MALEMA,etc they were all victims.

  • Adolphus Modirwaa - 2010-10-20 08:37

    It is very unfortunate that, Herman attributed New Age failure to launch - as a reflection of blacks failing to successfully launching any programmes. Why, do blacks have to be blamed for everything going wrong. I'd like to put to you, Herman that Atul Gupta was interviewed on 702 and he mentioned that he not BLACK but here to help blacks. Please let us not judge things on colour. Atul is from India and therefore is an Indian

  • Ben - 2010-10-20 08:38

    They cant even run a are the planning on running a newspaper. hahahah!!!

  • John - 2010-10-20 08:40

    No surprise here. The market for newspapers are already struggling. They haven't got 1 issue out yet and already in trouble. Will they last beyond Christmas?

  • fuzzy - 2010-10-20 08:48

    Shame on you that choose to belittle on racial grounds, where do youn get the right to call people hairless Chimps? As for the editors who chose to walk rather than to esposue the ANC's propoganda - congratulations on taking the moral high ground!

  • Peter - 2010-10-20 09:03

    The New Age of censorship and state interference in every aspect of our lives. Apartheid is health and strong, just got a new driver, the ANC

  • Johnathan - 2010-10-20 09:13

    What? Did Amy Musgrave and Karima Brown move from Business Day to New Age? I almost can't believe it. Good to see they decided otherwise.

  • ZIGGY - 2010-10-20 09:15

    "The Citizen" rebirth ?

  • old age - 2010-10-20 09:25

    The name NEW AGE was obviously not appropriate .
    Maybe FADED DAWN would have been more appropriate .

    May it not be in owners interest to close the paper now rather than having to publish their associates money grapping and service less activities ?

  • david - 2010-10-20 09:39

    Seems that the laugh a minute stance the ANC has taken since 2000 continues. At least they can go into comedy. The jokes just keep on coming.

  • Goldfinger - 2010-10-20 09:46

    ANC = Another Newspaper Collapse / Another National Corruption

  • Sorry guys - 2010-10-20 10:05

    Sorry for this journalist. If they think the real newspapers will realy appoint them after this. Don't tell me they did not know why they was appointed in the first insance. Sorry guys, people like you will not be acceptable for a genuine newspaper, mayby they should change surnames to find another job or otherwise just quite being journalists.

  • Bullet - 2010-10-20 10:25

    Would anyone want “worked for New Age newspaper” on their CV. Would you employ any journalist that has work for a corrupt government mouthpiece? I would not, for fear of them corrupting my news paper.
    These guys saw the light and bailed, well done I’d say. Your future in journalism is secure and your integrity still intact. Bravo, Bravo

  • Claire - 2010-10-20 10:42

    I'm with Ann-there's no need to descend into racist ranting. It just diminishes your argument.

  • DianaB@Mbuso - 2010-10-20 11:03

    Hey Mbuso, you are typing on the internet, not sending an sms. Kindly refrain from using "dumbed down" language here. It's very annoying!!
    Back to the topic, I don't understand why those journalists took their posts if they knew it would be an ANC propaganda machine? And just maybe, with the ANC going on about media monitoring etc, perhaps they monitored themselves right out of business... ha ha!
    Should we believe that there is nothing to report from the ANC camp???

  • The Realist - 2010-10-20 11:24

    Who exactly is the Gupta Group, the only reference I can find is for a synthetic materials company in India? What other companies do they control? I think any and all companies associated with the Gupta Group should be boycott by all intelligent South Africans! What would be their agenda for facilitating ANC propaganda?

  • Max The Mixer - 2010-10-20 11:25

    I have posed this questionm before and it was never published. And I will post it again; what criteria does News24 use to allow commentary onm the stories they post on their websites ?

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  • ChrisS - 2010-10-20 12:36

    I got the free copy the day I bought some stuff at the store and just paging thru the paper you could see that it was just AND propaganda. These 5 choose to bail at a strange time, but rather now before you become just a mouth piece of the ANC government. Well done to them!

  • @Max The Mixer - 2010-10-20 13:15

    Well, hopefully 'Freedom of Speech' ever heard of it?

  • Jabu - 2010-10-20 13:32

    To all of you ANC haters. You are barking up the wrong branch. You are only angry because why we are just taking back what was taken from us during the struggle. Why my people must live in a shack when you have lived in your brick houses built by US on our land.

  • lesley - 2010-10-20 13:48

    i can't believe people can be so hopelessly negative to extend of missing the point. How's the failed paper launch extend to the governemt of ANC, feel sorry for ur kids being fed this blind negativity, you have the guds to mention apartheid shame on you u so so stuck, i'l buy new age for news like any other circulation whn it comes out if i dont like the editorial will jst keep my coins, simple

  • buzz - 2010-10-20 16:04

    Are they gagging themselves?

  • Giyani - 2010-10-20 16:24

    Personally, I think the publication will hit the street but it will take some time. Remember This Day SA? This basically reminds me of that newspaper where people reported for work for months before it hit the streets. However, I smell a rat because this is a pro-government paper and there could be much consultation as to what kind of news they should publish. But I believe they will publish soon.

  • Dagny@Jabu - 2010-10-20 16:25

    My dear Jabu. Let me take a wild guess, you want everything for free? 1994 is 16 years ago; therefore, your argument is not valid. Not all of your comrades live in shacks, especially the politically connected who take from the poor's mouth into their tummies and bank accounts leading to big 4x4's and mansions. Stop playing the race card, it's getting old. Maybe you should work for your own brick house like all the rest of the citizens who have a brick house (obtained through hard work and not some form of corruption). Otherwise go and knock on the door of your dear JZ and wait and see whether he will give you any hand-outs.

  • WhatComesAround - 2010-10-20 19:15

    @Jabu, I won't call myself an ANC hater, but after 16years of ANC taking back (sometimes more than they can carry) there isn't that much left to be taken back, one of these days we will be living in brick houses but there will be no water/power/sewage/infrastructure and no money, but @least we will all have a brick houses.. People should start using the grey-matter that God gave us, that is the only thing in life that is free...

  • Angel - 2010-10-20 23:17

    Perhaps they did not get paid (ANC backed business). Perhaps they could find no 'good' news to turn into a story about the ANC. Would like to know the facts though.