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NewsDay Editor forced to resign

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The managing editor of NewsDay was forced to resign from his post at the weekend following reported poor performance of the daily newspaper that was launched about a week ago.


The newspaper is part of the Alpha Media Group owned by Mr Trevor Ncube.

Insiders at NewsDay said Moses Mudzwiti was pressured into resigning after the newspaper failed to make "a significant impact on the market".

He becomes the second senior editorial staffer to be forced out after founding editor, Barnabas Thondhlana, resigned before the paper was granted a licence to publish.

"Mudzwiti has been under pressure after the newspaper failed to make any impact on the market as was expected before its launch.

"The powers that be are not happy with the quality of the newspaper and as the managing editor he was held directly responsible for the poor performance," said the insider.

Efforts to get a comment from management were fruitless last night.

The maiden issue of NewsDay was published on June 4 and distributed free of charge.

It is one of three daily papers granted licences by the Zimbabwe Media Commission last month.

The other two are the Daily News and the Daily Gazette, which are yet to publish.

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