Singapore, December 17, 2002 - Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) today announced the appointment of veteran journalist Paul Jansen of The Straits Times as acting editor of Streats from today.
He takes over from Ken Jalleh Junior, who is being redeployed within SPH.
Mr Jansen, 49, has held various positions at The Straits Times in his 26-year career, including stints as money editor and picture editor, and founding editor of The Straits Times Interactive, besides being a writer and editor on the local news desk and foreign desk.
His appointment was announced to staff today by Alan John, night editor of The Straits Times and supervising editor of Streats.
"Paul brings with him considerable skills and wide experience as a senior journalist and team leader and I have full confidence that he will build on the changes we have made recently to improve Streats," he said.
Streats underwent a revamp on November 18 to meet demands for more business coverage, focus more on people in its story-telling, and to brighten its presentation and layout.
The paper’s print run was increased to 280,000 copies a day with 160,000 copies distributed to landed homes and condominiums, offices in CBD, business and technology parks, and government public service centres, where previously the paper was distributed mainly at MRT stations and bus interchanges.
Mr Jansen is the second senior journalist from SPH’s English and Malay Newspaper Division to join Streats in recent weeks.
Veteran journalist Conrad Raj moved from The Business Times to be Streats’ business editor a month ago and leads the paper’s beefed-up coverage of business and finance.
Mr John said that any future changes would be made for the same reasons that Mr Raj and Mr Jansen moved to Streats: to strengthen the editorial team and improve the product.
The new editor, Mr Jansen, said: "Readers and advertisers have responded well to the improvements to date. But every change raises expectations further.
"I’m looking forward to working with the team to put out a paper that will continually exceed those expectations."
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