Veteran journalist Mutuma Mathiu has been appointed the new Group Editorial Director #ticker:NMG for the Nation Media Group in a reorganisation that followed the retirement of former Editor-in-Chief Tom Mshindi.
Mr Mathiu will be responsible for all editorial operations across all NMG platforms in Kenya and will now be looked upon to transform the group’s editorial direction while taking advantage of today’s changing media landscape.
Making the announcement, the Group Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Gitagama, said that Mr Mathiu will also be responsible for oversight of the Group’s editorial policy, which will include enforcement of ethics, integrity and talent development.
“Mr Mathiu is the most suitable hand in taking over the NMG editorial leadership based on his experience and expertise in media,” Mr Gitagama said.
He said Mr Mathiu would be instrumental in taking forward the group’s transformation to digital and new media. “The board has confidence in him and we wish him well,” Mr Gitagama added.
A respected journalist and columnist, Mr Mathiu takes over at a time when the media industry is going through transformation and advances in technology have fundamentally changed the way the industry operates.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Mathiu said: “As the Nation, we will continue our long tradition of quality journalism, standing for truth and for the rights of ordinary Kenyans. We will pay particular attention to integrity; and we will consistently hold each other to account. The Nation’s plan is to do journalism that’s relevant and meaningful in the digital age.”
He thanked Mr Gitagama and the NMG board for their support and confidence in him. He also thanked his colleagues in the newsroom and other departments in the organisation, “for their years of support and comradeship.”
In his new role, Mr Mathiu will be charged with the responsibility of content-sharing across markets and developing joint products for both regional and continental markets. In essence, he will be charged with providing a business strategy and journalism so strong that millions of people will be willing to pay for it.
A Bachelor of Arts graduate from Egerton University, Mr Mathiu holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Leeds, UK.
Prior to his new appointment, Mr Mathiu was the Executive Editor in charge of the Daily Nation, which has maintained its position as the best-selling newspaper brand in the region.