Mail & Guardian editor resigns

2013-05-17 12:49

Mail & Guardian editor Nic Dawes has resigned to join the Hindustan Times in New Delhi as its chief content and editorial officer.

He will leave at the end of September after nine years, half of them as editor, the weekly newspaper reported today.

“My time at the Mail & Guardian, both as a frontline reporter and as editor, has been the most fulfilling of my professional life,” he was quoted as saying on the M&G website.

He paid tribute to his colleagues in the newsroom, management, and the newspaper’s “wise and brave proprietor” Trevor Ncube. He said he was looking forward to putting what he had learnt at the M&G to work at his new job, in a new environment, and on a “very large scale”.

Ncube told the website he was sad to be losing Dawes, but was happy at the opportunity life had presented him, and said he departed with “full blessings and best wishes”.

“Working with Nic has been rewarding. Rarely do you find an excellent journalist who understands business and is also passionate about technology.

“Nic has such a beautiful mind and his intellectual leadership will be sorely missed in the newsroom and by the executive team.”

The paper will start identifying candidates to replace him.

As news broke, colleagues and followers on Twitter started tweeting congratulatory messages and tributes to Dawes.

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