Tim Cohen. Picture: BUSINESS DAY
Tim Cohen. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

FINANCIAL Mail editor Tim Cohen is taking the reins at Business Day.

Times Media announced several key editorial appointments on Monday, including the appointment of Sibusiso Ngalwa as editor of the Daily Dispatch in East London, and Brett Horner as editor of The Herald and Weekend Post in Port Elizabeth.

These changes follow the recent appointment of Bongani Siqoko as editor of Sunday Times and Songezo Zibi’s resignation as editor of Business Day.

Mr Ngalwa replaces Mr Siqoko at the Daily Dispatch and Mr Horner takes over from Heather Robertson, who left The Herald to pursue other interests.

"Cohen will be overseeing the integration of Times Media’s business news coverage into a single newsroom," Times Media MD Andy Gill said. "He has also been tasked with ensuring transformation and succession for the next phase of leadership at Business Day, Financial Mail and Business Times."

Financial Mail deputy editor Rob Rose takes over as editor of the weekly magazine. His deputy will be Financial Mail investment editor Sikonathi Mantshantsha.

"In this regard, Ron Derby, editor of Sunday Times Business Times, will also be working with Cohen and Rose to drive the physical and digital integration of the planned new business newsroom," said Mr Gill.

These high-level changes in leadership within the business portfolio of the media division come at a time when Times Media is reinvigorating its products to position the group within the contemporary print landscape, and with an eye on the increasingly digital future.

"We are also in the first stages of the process to redesign our newsrooms and operating model to reflect the modern requirements of a progressive media organisation. This year will see the implementation of our new, multiplatform content-management system, supporting our digital-first approach to content," Mr Gill said.

"Very significantly, all these projects will culminate in the move to our brand-new, fit-for-purpose offices in Parktown at the end of the year. This world-class space is already under construction," he added. "We will go into 2017 in a position to create dynamic, good-quality products that inform and entertain our readers and set the South African agenda."

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