You will be forgiven for not being acquainted with top guns at Daily Monitor thanks to the unending changes at Uganda’s independent daily. In the latest development, Odoobo Bichachi has be appointed managing editor print, replacing Carol Beyanga who assumed the responsibility a few months ago.
The appointment that takes immediate effect, Bichachi will be responsible for managing paper from Monday to Sunday. He will be assisted by yet to be named editor to manage weekend papers. Mr. Bichachi has been managing editor weekend papers.
Meanwhile, Carol Beyanga has been promoted to head the online version of the paper. Daily Monitor’s website is most visited website in Uganda with over two million people visiting the site. This unfortunately is not reflected in copy sales. The papers sales 15,000 copies while rivals New Vision sales 28000 copies (these are the latest figures).
The veteran Bichachi said to be well grounded something that is required of managing editor to cross check facts, bring insights to stories using sources from all corners.
Ms. Carol Beyanga is said to be good at the job but unfortunately lacks sources required 0f such senior position.
As management seeks to find winning formula and above all cut on huge operation costs, the company is set to lay off a number of her staff especially in the editorial department. Those expected to face the knife are said to be ‘idle’ and adding no value to department and the company. This development is mainly going to affect freelance journalists. The company employees close to 300 employees.
Monitor Publications, the publishers of Daily Monitor have had more managing directors and managing editors any other media house in Uganda something that has disorganized the paper.
Among the many who has served at the top leadership include Corad Nkutu 2004-2007, Dr.Gitahi Githinji 2009-2011, Alex Asiimwe 2011-2014. Mr. Tony G. is the current managing director; he was appointed in March 2015.
Among the many who have served as Managing Editors at Daily Monitor include: Dr. Peter Mwesige 2005-2006, John Baptist Wasswa 2006-2008, Bernard Tabaire 2006-2008(weekend editions).
Daniel Kalinaki 2008-2013, David Sseppuuya 2010-2012, Joseph Were 2001-2006, Joachim Buwembo, Fredrick Masiga, 2009-2012(weekend editions). Don Wanyama also had short stay as Managing editor before he was sacked.