Mr Pan Cheng Lui, 62, Editor of Shin Min Daily News, will retire on 24 February 2017 after 37 years of service. He will be succeeded by Mr Choo Chee Wee, 48, the current Associate Editor of Shin Min Daily News.
Mr Pan joined Nanyang Siang Pau in 1980 as a journalist. He rose through the ranks to the position of Associate Local News Editor of Lianhe Wanbao, and later Zaobao Fukan (ZBNow) Editor, Senior Executive Editor of Lianhe Zaobao and Zaobao Sunday Editor. He was Editor of the Central Integrated Newsroom of the evening dailies, before helming the editorship of Shin Min Daily News in 2011.
Ms Lee Huay Leng, Head of Chinese Media Group, said: "I would like to thank Cheng Lui for his many years of outstanding services. He made significant contributions to the Singapore cultural scene in the years when he led Zaobao Fukan. Subsequently, under his steady leadership, Shin Min Daily News has maintained a strong readership, despite the challenges of a digital era. On behalf of the Chinese Media Group, I wish him good health and happiness in his retirement.”
Mr Choo, who will be stepping into the position as Editor of Shin Min Daily News from 25 February 2017, has been with SPH since December 1990. Over the years, he has held several appointments in the Chinese Media Group, including Associate Editor of Friday Weekly (predecessor of ZbComma), Executive Editor of the Central Integrated Newsroom of the evening dailies, and Executive Editor of Lianhe Wanbao.
On Mr Choo’s new appointment, Ms Lee said: "There is a substantial number of readers, like the loyal readers of Shin Min, who prefer to buy and read the evening papers. We need to understand their different needs and customise our products for them. Chee Wee is very down to earth and connects well with Shin Min’s readers. I am confident that under his leadership, Shin Min will remain committed to continuously strengthen its content to better serve its readers.”
Mr Choo said: “Cheng Lui has built up a strong team at Shin Min and I am greatly honoured to take over from him to lead the team. Shin Min has always been a paper for the heartlanders of our society. This year marks its 50th anniversary. We want to celebrate this milestone with our readers. I am confident that with the support of the team, Shin Min will be able to serve the needs of our readers well.”
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