Dismal share prices won't dominate NST's annual general meeting on June 27.
The group will announce the departure of veteran journalist P.C. Shivadas from the Board of the New Straits Times Press Bhd. Shiv has been a director for 8 years.
At the AGM, the group will get a new Chairman, too. Yes, the good General's term will not be renewed.
Shivadas' departure is not unexpected. For a while now, his frequent incursions into the editorial floor, spent talking and listening to editors' views and grouses, have not endeared him to some of the more influential members of the Board.
Will Kalimullah Hassan, the Deputy Chairman, take over the helm from the General at the AGM?
It is a chance to accomplish what was previously unthinkable. No Group Editor-in-Chief of the NSTP had gone on to become Editorial Advisor and Chairman of the Board.
It's also a chance to finally restore the "martabat and maruah" of the NSTP. Or, at the very least, bring back the shine to the share prices.
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