A & Z.
A is for Ahmad A. Talib, 58. He makes a comeback to mainstream media as Media Prima's executive director of news. That makes him, in effect, the editorial supremo for all the tv stations under the group (TV3 to Channel 9), radio stations, New Straits Times, Berita Harian, Harian Metro, Business Times, and the various news portals, including NST Online and Gua.
When he was squeezed out of the NSTP in 2005 by the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi regime, AAT was just the Group Editor of NST. Pak Lah had earlier sacked Group Editor-in-Chief Abdullah Ahmad, or Dollah Kok Lanas, for an editorial he wrote.
AAT's appointment also marks another milestone for Malaysian bloggers. He runs the blog Pahit Manis.
Z is for Zainul Arifin, 47. He comes back from the "cold" as Group Editor of NSTP (not to be confused with GE for Berita Harian and GE of NST, both of whom report to him with immediate effect).
Zainul's tenure as Editor of Business Times from 2001 was cut short after Pak Lah became PM in 2004. The regime then brought in a foreign wire journalist to head BT.
This Dylan and Beetle (not Beatles) diehard does not run a blog but his column Zainul Arifin on Wednesday is republished on NST On-line under the "Blog" category.
The title of this posting is borrowed from Nuraina A. Samad's speculative posting on Monday. She has an update, here.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
New Key Players in Media Prima and NSTP
at May 20, 2009