Henry Jeffreys, former editor of Afrikaans daily Die Burger, will take the helm of the New Age newspaper, managing editor Gary Naidoo has announced.
Jeffreys said today after he was named editor: “I believe The New Age does have a unique and independent view to offer daily newspaper readers and I’m excited about joining the paper.
“The editorial team at TNA is eager to forge ahead and I’m pleased to be a member of this new venture.”
The launch of New Age was delayed last week after five senior staff members, including editor-in-chief Vuyo Mvoko and deputy editor Karima Brown, resigned a day before the first edition was due to hit the streets.
The new daily, owned by TNA Media, was initially scheduled to launch in mid-September.
The newspaper will be published by Bennett Colemen & Co Ltd which publishes the world’s largest English newspaper, The Times of India and funded by the Gupta Group, which has close links to the ruling ANC.
Jeffreys said: “The New Age is bound to unlock new audiences, giving consumers a new and fresh voice to consider thereby promoting the much-needed diversification of the media market.
It will also enrich the public discourse.”
He is a former deputy and political editor of the Johannesburg daily Beeld, where he started his career in the 1980s.