by Gill Moodie (@grubstreetSA) The news that Times Media Group has brought back the famous Rand Daily Mail brand after almost 30 years is fascinating – and not because of the goodwill and nostalgia associated with the brand, but because the new RDM will be as far as you can get from the old on every level.
by Gill Moodie (@GrubstreetSA) Sunday Times editor Ray Hartley resigned from the flagship Times Media Group (TMG) newspaper, Grubstreet can reveal, because of conflict over the paper’s editorial direction with TMG MD Mike Robertson.
Two well placed sources have told Grubstreet that Hartley and Robertson – a previous editor of the Sunday Times himself – had been at loggerheads for some time.
Grubstreet approached Robertson for comment on Friday and today but he has not responded. We will update with his comment should it come.
While Hartley himself would not comment on the claims, staff members at the paper say one of the flashpoint issues was the future of one of the sections of the newspaper.
Sunday Times issues statement on alleged police smear
The Sunday Times has published allegations that the office of Western Cape premier Helen Zille has awarded the province’s communication budget to agency TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris without following proper tender procedures. It values the contract at R1 billion over two years. The newspaper is basing the story on information supplied by an anonymous “whistle-blower.”