Patrick Daniel is new Press Club chief - Apr 11, 2008 (ST)

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Patrick Daniel is new Press Club chief

Veteran newsman Leslie Fong handed the baton over to Mr Patrick Daniel.

Apr 11, 2008
The Straits Times

AFTER 17 years as president of the Singapore Press Club, veteran newsman Leslie Fong handed the baton over to Mr Patrick Daniel on Wednesday. The two men swopped posts.


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Mr Fong, 59, who is a former editor of The Straits Times and now the senior executive vice-president of marketing at Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), was appointed one of the club's three vice-presidents when Mr Daniel, the editor-in-chief of the English and Malay Newspaper Division at SPH, and till now a vice-president of the club, took over the helm.

More than 500 media practitioners from local and foreign media are members of the club, which includes people from related fields such as public relations.

The latest management committee includes media professionals from Singapore's largest media companies, SPH and MediaCorp.

Joining the management committee as vice-president is Dr Chitra Rajaram, new deputy editorial director for news, radio and print at MediaCorp.

The changing of the guard took place on Wednesday, at the club's annual general meeting at SPH News Centre.

Regarding his priorities, Mr Daniel, 53, hopes to make the Press Club an active one, to bring together journalists and other media professionals.

He said: 'I'd like to encourage everyone in the media industry to join us and make this their club, one they are proud of.'

Ms Lau Joon-Nie from MediaCorp was re-elected vice-president.

Mr Narendra Aggarwal from SPH was unanimously re-elected as the club's honorary secretary - a post he has held for 18 years.

MediaCorp's Bhagman Singh is the club's new honorary assistant secretary; Ms Elsie Chua from SPH's marketing division is the new honorary treasurer, and Times Publishing's Dicky Goh, the new honorary assistant treasurer.

Making up the 15-member management committee are Mr Ronald Lam, Mr Vikram Khanna, Mr Warren Fernandez, Mr Conrad Raj, Mr Peter Lim, Mr Edward Tang and Mr George Joseph.

The Press Club was founded in 1971 by the late President Wee Kim Wee, then a journalist, and fellow scribe T.S. Khoo.