PUNCH appoints new editors, deputy editors

As a part of a current restructuring train throughout the corporate’s divisions, the board of PUNCH Nigeria Limited has introduced modifications within the management of its editorial division.

In the modifications introduced by the administration on Friday, the Business Editor of The PUNCH, Oyetunji Abioye, was appointed the brand new editor of The PUNCH, in performing capability.

The firm additionally introduced Samson Folarin, the Features Editor of the paper’s Weekend Titles (Saturday PUNCH & Sunday PUNCH) as performing Editor, Weekend Titles.

The present editor of The PUNCH, Adedayo Oketola, and Editor of the newspaper’s Weekend Titles, Sola Fabiyi, will hand over to their successors on Monday, July 22, 2024.

The board additionally conveyed its appreciation to the outgoing editors, Oketola and Fabiyi, noting their constructive contributions to the corporate’s strategic aims and wishing them nicely.

The firm equally authorized the appointment of the Editor, PUNCH SportsExtra, ‘Tana Aiyejina, to take over from Olaniyi Odebode, the Deputy Editor, The PUNCH, in performing capability.

The firm acknowledged the contributions of Odebode, who served in varied capacities in PUNCH throughout his 31 years stint in PUNCH and wished him nicely.

Tessy Igomu, the present Editor, Healthwise, is to take over from Yusuff Moshood because the Deputy Editor, Weekend Titles, in performing capability.

Moshood has been redeployed to PUNCH Digital because the Deputy Editor.

Reacting, Abioye pledged to proceed to uphold PUNCH’s time-tested journalistic and company values. He expressed confidence that these values would allow him to successfully harness the alternatives introduced by the present challenges within the media business

“As one who has been in the system for years, I’m not a stranger to the responsibilities I’m expected to discharge. The lessons and the experience garnered over the years will readily be a compass to guide me through this journey,” Abioye acknowledged on Friday.

A extensively travelled and well-respected enterprise journalist, he has reported and written extensively on common information, aviation, finance, cash and vitality.

During his time as a subject journalist, Abioye, who broke a number of main tales within the aviation and finance sectors, earned a well-deserved popularity as a resourceful and self-driven reporter with a particular knack for unique tales.

Abioye additionally had a distinguished profession as a reporter, profitable main awards together with the Nigerian Media Merit Award Aviation Reporter of the Year (2015), National Association of Air Traffic Engineers Aviation Reporter of the Year (2013), and rising as a runner-up within the Money Market Reporter of the Year class of the Diamond Award for Media Excellence.

He has attended key conferences and coaching programmes in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Abioye can also be an everyday on the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington DC, USA; Russia-Africa Economic Summit, International Air Transport Association Annual General Meetings and World Air Transport Summit, amongst others.

A graduate of Economics of Babcock University joined PUNCH in 2007 as a correspondent and rose via the ranks to develop into the News Editor of Saturday PUNCH. He was appointed the Group Business Editor of The PUNCH, in 2021.

He is an alumnus of the United States Government-sponsored International Visitors Leadership Programme (Financial Journalism) held in Pennsylvania, Chicago and New York; the United Kingdom Department For International Development-Sponsored Media Training; Bloomberg Media Initiative for Africa; CitiBank Media Training; and the Pan Atlantic School of Communications Media Training.

Folarin, the brand new performing editor of the Weekend Titles, (Saturday PUNCH & Sunday PUNCH) is a graduate of Mass Communication of the University of Lagos.

He joined PUNCH as a correspondent in 2013. He was, at totally different occasions, the Metro Editor of The PUNCH; Contributing Member, PUNCH Editorial Board; and Features Editor, Weekend Titles.

Folarin is a well-garlanded investigative journalist whose profession has mirrored a really robust ardour for human rights.

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He was awarded the Investigative Reporter of the Year by the Nigeria Media Merit Award in 2018, 2020 and 2021, and was voted Print Journalist of the Year in 2019 by the NMMA. He additionally gained the Print Category of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Journalism in 2019 and 2020. Folarin gained the maiden version of the Lagos Reporting Category on the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence in 2014.

He has simply concluded his postgraduate research in Investigative Journalism at City University of London, United Kingdom, as a Chevening Scholar.

According to him, the sound coaching he has obtained through the years in PUNCH has ready him for this new task.

“This is definitely a huge task, but I pledge to apply myself to the job to ensure that PUNCH’s ascendancy in the media industry is sustained,” says the brand new performing Editor, Weekend Titles,

Also, the present on-line editor, Olalekan Adetayo, has been redesignated the Editor, PUNCH Digital, the restructured digital operations unit that includes all of PUNCH’s digital publications.

Adetayo is a 2008 graduate of Journalism of the Lagos State University who joined PUNCH in 2001 as a reporter. He grew to become a Sub-Editor in 2005.

Adetayo, who, at varied occasions, coated crime and politics, was the State House correspondent, Abuja, earlier than he was appointed because the Politics Editor and later promoted to Abuja Bureau Chief of PUNCH.

He rose to the publish of News Editor, The PUNCH, in addition to the Metro Editor of the identical title. Adetayo equally served as Acting Deputy Editor, Weekend Titles.

He is a a number of award winner together with rising because the PUNCH Outstanding Employee of the Year in 2009 and the pioneer winner of the Media Integrity Award class of the Diamond Award for Media Excellence (2009).

Aiyejina, a graduate of English of the Ambrose Alli University and the pioneer editor of the PUNCH Group’s sports activities title, is credited with the speedy progress of the title.

He joined PUNCH in 2008 as a correspondent. Aiyejina, who rose via the ranks within the organisation, presently serves as Editor, PUNCH Sports Extra in addition to the Sports Editor, The PUNCH.

A extensively travelled sports activities journalist, the brand new Deputy Editor is a a number of award winner, profitable the Nigeria Sports Awards twice as Nigeria Sports Journalist of The Year (Print) and the Nigeria Pitch Awards for 5 consecutive occasions (Best Football Journalist of The Year) in addition to being nominated for the Diamond Award for Media Excellence. He additionally gained the AIT Sports Journalist of The Year award in 2010.

Igomu, a graduate of Mass Communication of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University joined PUNCH as a Chief Correspondent in 2020.

A well-regarded investigative journalist, she is the Editor of Healthwise, a specialised well being digital publication with a robust and rising presence. She was at varied occasions the Acting Deputy Editor, Weekend Titles; Ag. Online Editor; and Head, Investigations.

Igomu is a a number of winner of each nationwide and continental awards, together with the AFCON Prize for Environmental Reporting, Nigeria Media Merit Awards 2022; and the West Africa Journalist of the Year – WAMECA 2022 Awards (Ghana), the place she emerged as the primary feminine winner in West Africa.

Her different awards embrace Environmental Reporting – WAMECA 2022 Awards (Ghana); and the 2021 Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Journalism – Commendation Prize.

Moshood, a holder of a Master’s in Public Administration from Lagos State University, joined PUNCH in 2020 as a Sub-Assistant Editor within the Online Department.

He had served creditably as Acting News Editor, The PUNCH; Healthwise editor and Assistant Editor, Online at totally different occasions.

Moshood, a highly-experienced journalist and line editor, presently serves because the Acting Deputy Editor, Weekend Titles.



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