By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. Nation Media Group (NMG), owners of the Daily Monitor Newspaper, KFM and NTV among others has appointed Charles Bichachi as the Uganda Group’s Public Editor, dropping him from his earlier held position of Executive Editor.
Daniel Kalinaki, the NMG general manager will assume the role of supervising the daily running of newsroom operations initially held by Bichachi.
"The Daily Monitor Managing Editor Margaret Vuchiri and her weekend counterpart, Eriasa Mukiibi, will continue to run the respective products, under the guidance of Daniel Kalinaki, the General Manager Editorial, Nation Media Group Uganda," Tom Mshindi, Group Editor in Chief Nation Media Group said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Mushindi explained the relevance of Bichachi's new role which has just been created.
“This is a critical role that exists to guarantee the public that everything we do, especially the coverage of news and events, is guided by public interest. It is a role that holds the media house to account on the promises that it makes to the public and on the fidelity that it pays to its own Editorial Policy Guidelines and Objectives,” he said.
Bichachi, is formerly the Executive Editor of the Monitor, with knowledge and experience which Mshindi says makes him well suited for the new assignment.
“Charles is particularly well suited to this role as he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of media operations generally, and specifically of the Monitor Publications and its parent company. His last assignment as the Executive Editor of the Monitor places him in very good stead to execute the role impartially and professionally,” he said.
Bichachi’s span of interest will cover both the print, online and broadcast platforms (TV and Radio). He will be reporting to the Board, through the Editorial Board Committee.
“We congratulate Charles on his new appointment and request you to give him all the support as he starts the job of making NMG Uganda products even more accountable to the public and demystifies the workings of newsrooms to the public,” the statement concluded.