Dr Hamid Ghany has been appointed deputy managing director/managing editor of Guardian Media Ltd (GML).
The Sunday Express was told that Ghany, a senior lecturer at the Department of Social Sciences at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine has taken two years no-pay leave from the institution to assume the appointment, effective today.
The Sunday Express understands that Ghany has not resigned his University position but that lecturers of a certain grade are entitled to a maximum of two years no-pay leave.
In an Internal Staff Notice issued to GML employees and obtained by the Sunday Express, GML managing director Gabriel Faria outlined Ghany’s achievements, noting that he was the immediate past dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at UWI having held that position from August 2004 to July 2012.
“With his new appointment at GML, Dr Ghany will focus on leveraging the strength of the company to provide our audiences with the most comprehensive multi-dimensional coverage of news and current affairs. This will be achieved by empowering the respective heads of news and current affairs in each division and developing a cohesive strategy to implement the effective convergence of our content across our platforms of TV, radio, print and digital,” stated Faria in the memo.
Faria noted that Ghany, a 2012 national award recipient, has also had a relationship with the GML team, being a Sunday Guardian columnist as well as often times hosting CNC3’s morning programme.
When the Sunday Express contacted Faria via text to expand on Ghany’s role in the newsroom as managing editor, he said GML was expanding its competency across print, radio, TV and digital assets and also across various content categories including news and current affairs. He said GML had “been looking for someone for two years but (Guardian Editor-in-Chief Judy Raymond) preferred to focus on print when we hired her so just kept looking until we found someone willing to take up the challenge”.
“It’s not a big story, really, (Ghany) is focusing on convergence of our media and looking at how we can leverage our multimedia,” Faria said.
Three journalists previously working with GML recently resigned citing potential interference from the company’s board.
That issue, which embroiled the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT), is now under probe by journalist Tony Fraser on behalf of the media body.
The Sunday Express was also unable to contact Raymond or UWI principal Prof Clement Sankat on Ghany’s appointment yesterday.