February 04, 2006
All change at SCMP
The SCMP has poached The Standard's Mark Clifford and David Armstrong is completely gone:
The South China Morning Post has appointed Mark Clifford as editor-in-chief, effective April 1, SCMP Group chairman Kuok Khoon Ean announced yesterday. At the same time, David Armstrong has decided to step down as director, editorial, of the Post from March 1, in order to focus his time on the Bangkok Post, where he has held the position of deputy chief executive officer since May 1 last year.Has Mr Kuok realised how far the SCMP has slipped and what a serious competitor the far smaller Standard is becoming? And what changes will Mr Clifford introduce? Interesting times...
Updated readingposted by Simon on 02.04.06 at 09:28 AM in the Media category.
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For reasons completely baffling and seemingly entirely spiteful, before he left The Standard Mr Clifford saw fit to sack two of his top deputies: Lin Neumann and John Berthelsen. Both were hugely popular with both the Chinese and Gweilo underlings at The Standard.
It was not a bone marrow transplant, though that sounds romantic.
He was donating stem cells for his cancer-stricken brother. Otherwise, yeah, pretty awful.posted by: dwight on 02.05.06 at 06:08 PM [permalink]