Monday, June 8, 2009

Change here there and everywhere.

Change has officially come to The National.

News has been floating around the blogsphere, on Arabian Business and through word of mouth but it is now out from the man himself:

Martin Newland will no longer be acting as Editor in Chief of The National newspaper.
His new title: 'Executive Editorial Director' for The National, which means he is not completely leaving our young paper.

Hassan Fattah, his former deputy is filling his spot, while Bob Cowan, former Comment Editor turned Assistant Editor, will now be Deputy Editor in Chief.

Newland's new post will allow him to take care of the business side of things: setting up business strategies for our paper and its subsidiary endevours- a job just as challenging at the moment, taking into consideration that we now live in a world that is not-so-kind to the paper industry. It's also apparently something he's been wanting to do for a while.

While he will not be leaving the building, Martin will, nevertheless, be deeply missed. His charisma, enthusiasm, and dedication to taking care of things when the sh*t fits the fan is commendable.

It is an end of an era for our young paper, but also the beginning of a new one.
(Picture: Martin Newland saying his farewell as EIC. Sorry the pic is blurry; took it with my phone. | June 8, 2009)
On a completely unrelated note (except for the C-word), not much change happening here. *bah humbug* Politics, as usual, I guess.

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