Andrew Trench to leave Editor-in-Chief position at News24

2016-02-03 12:23
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Andrew Trench (News24)

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Johannesburg - South Africa’s largest digital publisher,, announced on Wednesday the departure of their editor-in-chief for the News24 channels, Andrew Trench, who joined the company last year from The Witness in KZN.

Trench has accepted a position at the Times Media Group (TMG).

In his announcement to staff on Tuesday, Trench said his departure "wasn't planned and it wasn't solicited and my leaving is no reflection of my feelings about the 24-family. It's been an amazing and exhilarating year with exciting plans unfolding for the year ahead."

Andreij Horn, acting head at, thanked Trench for his contribution over the past year and wished him well.

He said while will certainly ensure that a strong channel editor for News24 is appointed soon, the editor-in-chief position will not necessarily be filled again.

“I believe the concept of an editor-in-chief is by its nature a print legacy construct that originated in an environment of limited editorial space that necessitated curation and selection on behalf of readers. This can very easily lead to a ‘push’ model, much like broadcast TV, where the viewer - and in the publishing arena, the reader - has only one of two choices - consume what is offered at the time of it being available, or tune out," said Horn.

"We now live in a world where users expect infinite choice and media companies to be intelligent enough to treat them like the individuals they are. This demands a different philosophy in news rooms and Andrew’s departure, while unexpected, creates the opportunity for us to make these changes now.”

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