Kevin Ritchie takes hot seat at The Star

Kevin Ritchie has been appointed editor of The Star newspaper.

“Kevin Ritchie, who will be at the helm of one of the group’s flagship publications, is a veteran of Independent Media,” said the company’s chief of staff Zenariah Barends today.

“He is a former editor of the Diamond Fields Advertiser in Kimberley and managing editor of the Saturday Star. His previous position was as The Star’s deputy editor.”

Wally Mbhele, meanwhile, was appointed as editor-at-large for the group’s Sunday publications.

“Wally Mbhele, a seasoned journalist who has held various editorial positions at several publications including City Press and Sunday Times has worked as a newspaper journalist for over 20 years,” said Barends.

Barends said Mazwi Xaba was appointed deputy editor of the Sunday Tribune.

“Xaba is a former editor of Independent’s popular brand of isiZulu newspapers, Isolezwe. He was among the founding editorial leadership who oversaw its growth from its launch in 2002,” she said.

Executive chairman of Independent Media Iqbal Surve said the company was committed to excellence, equity and diversity.

“We are a non-racial South African company, and as such it is our responsibility and duty to reflect this in every aspect of our business,” he said.

“I am proud of our diverse workforce. The new Independent Media is founded on the principles of non-racialism and this is reflected in the leadership team and at all levels of the business.”

He said the latest appointments were in line with a series of high-level appointments over the past few months.

“We expect to recruit more senior and executive appointments in the near future as we grow and develop our business into a leading multi-platform media company, grounded on the principles of non-racialism and equity.”

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