SINGAPORE – Veteran journalist Patrick Daniel will come out of retirement to head the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) media business after it becomes a not-for-profit entity under a new company limited by guarantee (CLG).
In a company town hall meeting on Wednesday (12 May), former minister Khaw Boon Wan – the future chairman of the CLG – announced that Daniel will be appointed interim CEO of SPH Media.
Daniel, 66, retired in 2017 as deputy CEO of SPH. He had held various posts during his 30 years at the media conglomerate.
At an SPH press conference, held after the town hall meeting, Khaw said he is thankful to Daniel for agreeing to help out during the unit’s transition.
Acknowledging Daniel’s personal interest to see SPH Media succeed, Khaw said, “I have assured him that I will begin a search for a CEO who can take SPH Media into the future as a multilingual digital media organisation, one who understands both East and West and is Singaporean at heart - and be among the world's best.”
Khaw said his immediate priority is to ensure a smooth transition from the current media business. All 2,500 media and media-related staff of SPH will move over to SPH Media Trust, he added.
The former transport minister stressed at the town hall meeting that the editorial independence of SPH journalists is a "given".
He said that having trusted sources of news and information remains critical to nation building, stressing that SPH Media has the "strong support" of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the government.
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