FIJI'S DAILY POST APPOINTS NEW GENERAL MANAGER: RANJIT SINGH

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (February 1, 2000 – Fiji’s Daily Post/Pacific Media Watch/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---Fiji's government-owned Daily Post has appointed a new general manager, Ranjit Singh, to head the troubled publishing company, the newspaper has reported.

In its February 1, 2000 edition, the paper announced the appointment of Singh, a senior manager from the Colonial National Bank, with effect from that day.

A graduate of the University of Papua New Guinea with a Bachelor of Arts degree and New Zealand's Massey University with a Master of Business Administration degree, Singh was a key manager responsible for integration of the National Bank with the Colonial insurance group after the latter bought a controlling 51 percent interest in the bank.

He was also part of the rebranding team that developed the new Colonial National Bank image.

The editor, Jale Moala, has been acting general manager, but has maintained editorial independence.

The Fiji Islands government bought a controlling 44 percent interest in the Fiji Daily Post Company, Ltd. in February 1999 -- three months before a general election. Colonial is a significant minority shareholder.

The Fiji Labour Party-led coalition government, which won power in May 1999, pledged to divest its shares but so far has made no move in this direction.

Title -- 2530 FIJI: Daily Post appoints new general manager Date -- 1 February 2000 Byline – None Origin -- Pacific Media Watch Source -- PMW/DP, 1/2/00 Copyright -- PMW/DP Status -- Unabridged

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