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New editor-in-chief for The South China Morning Post

Jul 2, 2009

The South China Morning Post just announced a long rumored shift in editorial lineup. Below is the internal memo released a short while ago. Congrats to Reg and David! (Both are friends and David a former IHT colleague.)

To: All Staff

From: Kuok Hui Kwong

Date: 2 July 2009

To all my colleagues,

It is with regret that I announce Mr. C.K. Lau’s decision to resign from his position as Editor of the South China Morning Post, after a long and distinguished career with us. C.K. discussed with me a couple of months ago regarding his plan to pursue his personal interests.  We have mutually agreed that his last day with us will be 10 July 2009. During his tenure at the Post, C.K. has played a key role in strengthening and improving our editorial operations.  A committed and well-respected professional, he has contributed significantly to the Post and to the overall media community in Hong Kong.

Effective from 13 July 2009, Mr. Reginald Chua will join us as Editor-in-Chief.  On top of managing the day-to-day editorial operations of the Post, Reg will work with me on the long-term strategies for our editorial coverage. Reg has enjoyed a successful career at the Wall Street Journal spanning the past 16 years. He was most recently Deputy Managing Editor at The Wall Street Journal based in New York, where he led, amongst other responsibilities, the development of the Journal’s computer-assisted reporting capabilities and oversaw the paper’s graphics. Prior to moving to New York, he was the Editor of the Journal’s Hong Kong-based Asian edition. Reg graduated with a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Chicago. 

Effective the same date, Mr. David Lague will be appointed as Managing Editor. As a member of the newsroom’s senior management team, David will oversee editorial quality and standards, training and projects. He will also be involved in daily news operations. A news and features writer with the South China Morning Post in 1987-88, David returns to the paper after more than two decades as a reporter and editor in the Asia-Pacific region. Most recently, he was a correspondent for the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times in Beijing. Before joining New York Times Company, he was managing editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. David was also China correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. David graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in science from Murdoch University.

David will work closely with Wang Xiangwei and Cliff Buddle, the Post’s deputies, to help manage the newsroom, steer its coverage, and continue to build on the paper’s strong position.  Xiangwei, Cliff and David will report to Reg.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Management of SCMP Group, we express our deep appreciation to C.K. for his contribution and persevering dedication, and wish him the very best in his new endeavours. Please also join me in welcoming Reg and extending your full support to him, and in welcoming David back to Post.

Hui Kuok

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

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  • sherry lee

    Hi Thomas, thanks for the scmp news. This is Sherry Lee, the former news and features writer of the Post. We met at the Human Rights press awards five to six years ago. I heard about the scmp changes from a friend today who may be applying for a job. I quit last year from my job and already miss it so much. I miss jounalism so much. By the way, I have two story ideas which can make into good human stories. Do you know any publications, apart from the Post, which need human stories? One is about a paparazzi regretting his "immoral" works and wanting to use his story to inspire people. The other story is about a former top management who earned over a million a year now turned to helping the grassroots and publicising their stories. Since you know a lot of people in the industry, would you kindly suggest some publications or contacts who I can talk to about the stories? Thanks a lot, Thomas. By the way, I really like your website. It has so much information and they are all very interesting. thanks for this cool site.

  • Chicken Lau has gone. Will the SCMP be gone soon as well? I haven't read the SCMP for years, because it hides behind a paywall. Every time I do pass through HK and see a print copy, the paper seems to have become more like (South) China Daily. When people like Murdoch are spooked about the future of their print newspapers, what hope for the Kuoks and their product?

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