Deputy editor of the Sunday Times, Marvin Meintjies, is the new editor of Times Media’s Sunday World. The announcement came a week after the news that Phylicia Oppelt, current editor of The Times, would be taking over the editorship of the Sunday Times. Current editor, Ray Hartley, is going on a two-month sabbatical before returning to Times Media in a management position.
Meintjies was previously deputy editor at The Times, and is currently deputy editor of the Sunday Times. His appointment follows the departure of former SundayWorld editor, Wally Mbhele, who took up an academic post late last year.
“Marvin is a robust and experienced journalist who will guide the newspaper to become a significant player in the Sunday market,” said Mike Tissong, Times Media GM of Newspapers.
Meintjies helped launch both SundayWorld and The Times, before joining the Sunday Times as deputy editor in 2009. He played an important role in setting-up the investigative unit, alongside Ray Hartley. Prior to that, Meintjies worked at The Star, IRIN (the United Nations humanitarian news and analysis service), and the Daily News in Durban, where he began his career in journalism.
“I’m excited about the challenge. Sunday World is a newspaper with enormous potential,” Meintjies said. He’ll take up his position on 1 March.
Meintjies’ successor as deputy editor for the Sunday Times has not yet been announced. Nor has the candidate to take over from Oppelt at The Times.
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