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ST editorial reshuffle to streamline, strengthen coverage

New appointments, fresh challenges for key editors to bring new ideas to paper.

By Chua Hian Hou
Feb 05, 2008
The Straits Times

A RESHUFFLE of several senior editors at The Straits Times has been made to gear the newsroom to meet challenges of the new media landscape.

TOP CHANGES: The new appointments at The Straits Times, which will remain under (left) Mr Han's leadership, involved key editors including (from left) Mr Fernandez, Ms Henson, Mr John, Ms Tan, Ms Ibrahim, Ms Chia and Ms Chua. -ST PHOTO: ALAN LIM

Straits Times editor Han Fook Kwang said he wanted his key editors to take on new appointments and fresh challenges so they can bring new ideas into the newspaper.

'The Straits Times must constantly seek out new ways to reach out to our readers and keep them engaged.

'The media industry is changing fast, readers have more choices, and we have to keep up with their changing interests,' he noted.

He said the new appointments effective Feb 1 would put the newspaper in a stronger position to make these changes.

The two deputy editors are Mr Warren Fernandez and Mr Alan John.

Mr Fernandez, 41, has relinquished his role as Foreign Editor to become Day Editor, working with all sections to shape each day's news coverage.

Mr John, 54, will take charge of night operations, while continuing to oversee the Money section, Saturday Special Report and breaking news.

Former deputy editor Felix Soh, 56, is now Digital Media Editor of Singapore Press Holdings' English and Malay Newspapers Division, a role that includes leading The Straits Times' digital initiatives.

There are changes at the top for the newspaper's Home, Foreign, Political, Review, Life! and Sunday sections too.

Associate Editor Bertha Henson is now in charge of the Newsdesk, which covers domestic news, while continuing to oversee the Art and Picture sections.

She will be assisted by two News Editors, veteran newsmen Dominic Nathan, 43, and Carl Skadian, 45, who also oversees Sports.

'Readers can expect more expert commentaries, stories about extraordinary people and stories about subjects that affect people, like means testing,' said Ms Henson, 43.

Mr Han, 54, said he has strengthened the leadership at the Newsdesk, the paper's biggest section, to help it live up to the promise to readers that 'we know Singapore best and will deliver the best possible coverage'.

Associate Editor Zuraidah Ibrahim, 43, is the new Foreign Editor. Previously Political Editor, she will be in charge of the paper's network of 14 bureaus across Asia and beyond.

Former Review editor Chua Lee Hoong, 44, takes over as Political Editor, while United States- based Mr Janadas Devan, 53, is now the new Review editor.

Life! editor Sumiko Tan, 44, has an expanded role in the new line-up. She is now the editor of The Sunday Times, and supervising editor of Life! and three weeklies - Digital Life, Mind Your Body, and Urban.

Outgoing Sunday Times editor Helen Chia, 46, is now the new Life! editor.

ENGAGING READERS

'The Straits Times must constantly seek out new ways to reach out to our readers and keep them engaged. The media industry is changing fast, readers have more choices, and we have to keep up with their changing interests.' -MR HAN

BETTER READ

'Readers can expect more expert commentaries, stories about extraordinary people and stories about subjects that affect people.' -MS HENSON

Ms Tan said that among other things, The Sunday Times will go bigger on hard news, with expanded Think, Invest and Sports sections. 'I am also looking at revamping Mind Your Body, Digital Life and Urban to make them even more relevant to our readers,' she said.

There is no change at three desks. Money Editor Ignatius Low, 35, Art Editor Angelina Choy, 46, and Picture Editor Mike Sargent, 52, remain at the helm at their sections.

The Sports Desk will have a new Acting Sports Editor from Feb 11, when Sunday Times News Editor Mathew Pereira, 50, takes over there.


Gearing up for challenges ahead

  • Editor, The Straits Times: Mr Han Fook Kwang
  • Deputy editors: Mr Warren Fernandez is Day Editor and also oversees recruitment, training and editorial support.
  • Mr Alan John oversees night operations, Money, senior writers and Breaking News.
  • Digital: Mr Felix Soh is Digital Media Editor, English and Malay Newspapers Division, and consulting editor, my paper
  • Newsdesk: Associate editor Bertha Henson is supervising editor, Newsdesk, Art and Picture desks. News Editors: Mr Carl Skadian and Mr Dominic Nathan.
  • Foreign Editor: Associate Editor Zuraidah Ibrahim
  • Political Editor: Ms Chua Lee Hoong
  • Review Editor: Mr Janadas Devan
  • Editor, The Sunday Times: Ms Sumiko Tan, also supervising editor of Life! and magazines.
  • Life! Editor: Ms Helen Chia

NO CHANGE:

  • Money Editor: Mr Ignatius Low
  • Art Editor: Ms Angelina Choy
  • Picture Editor: Mr Michael Sargent

FROM FEB 11:

  • Acting Sports Editor: Mr Mathew Pereira