New M&G editor-in-chief announced

The Mail & Guardian has announced that Chris Roper is to be newspaper’s new editor-in-chief, and Angela Quintal has been appointed editor of the newspaper.

This follows the announcement in May 2013 that current editor-in-chief, Nic Dawes, would be stepping down at the end of September after nine years at the paper. Dawes will join the Hindustan Times in New Delhi as its chief content and editorial officer.

Roper was previously the M&G Online editor, while Quintal will be moving from her role as editor of the Witness to join M&G Media.

“There’s no more exciting place to work in the media than at that platform-agnostic intersection of print and digital, where audience meets brand and passion creates community” Roper said in a statement on the site.

“The M&G is the oldest news site in Africa, and nearly 20 years later, we’re still committed to blazing the digital trail that the newspaper’s quality journalism makes possible. This has resulted in a 60% growth in audience for M&G Online, a 2000% growth in audience from mobile and an 81% growth in our overall publisher audience.”

“I really look forward to working with our talented team in this new capacity and I welcome Angela, who I know will ensure that quality journalism remains at the heart of our operation,” he said.

At the announcement, Quintal said she is looking forward to building on the work of her predecessors.

“In partnership with Chris, who becomes editor-in-chief, and the rest of the team, I am committed to upholding the independence, excellence and journalistic integrity that have made the M&G what it is today and to ensure that it expands and thrives,” Quintal said.

As part of the restructuring, Verashni Pillay, M&G Online Deputy Editor, has been promoted to Associate Editor and Alistair Fairweather, Head of Digital Platforms, has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer.

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