Johan is in, who will be the next NST GEIC?

The media conglomerate Media Prima Bhd announced the new Chairman yesterday. As expected, since PM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak took over; the power behind the media should also change.

NST has the story:



Johan Jaaffar takes over Media Prima


 Media Prima Bhd has announced the appointment of Datuk Johan Jaaffar, a veteran of Malaysia’s news industry, as the group’s executive chairman, effective Thursday.

Johan, who is now Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka chairman, is taking over from retiring Media Prima non-executive chairman Datuk Abdul Mutalib Razak.
He will also assume all board posts vacated by Abdul Mutalib, including the chairmanship of TV3 and other Media Prima subsidiaries.
“The Board of Directors is confident that under his leadership, Media Prima Group will continue its strong track record of delivering shareholders value,” Media Prima said in a statement.
Abdul Mutalib has led the integrated media group for five years, the period of the group’s aggressive expansion that saw the consolidation of the free-to-air television business, namely TV3, 8tv, ntv7 and TV9, as well as the entry into new media platforms like radio and outdoor advertising.
During his tenure, Media Prima more than doubled its net profit to RM117.4 million last year, breaching the RM100 million-mark for the first time.



Abdul Mutalib was also instrumental in leading the group’s international expansion, which resulted in the collaboration of news content-gathering, joint production, exchange of documentaries and dramas as well as provision of training and consultancy services in Oman, Pakistan and the Maldives.
The incoming Johan, meanwhile, is no stranger to the media business, having been Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd group chief editor and executive director between November 1992 and July 1998.
During his tenure at the Malay language media group, Johan was responsible for the daily and weekly papers, as well as 13 other magazines and journals published by the group.
During that period, he served as a board member of national news agency Bernama and a member of Malaysian Business Council and Multimedia Development Corp.
Besides being a columnist for the New Straits Times and Berita Minggu, Johan is also Ikatan Setiakawan Wartawan Malaysia-Indonesia chairman. He had also hosted the weekly “Debat Perdana” television programme for eight seasons.
He is currently executive director of public relations company Alpha Platform, chairman of private school Sekolah Sri Nobel and a board member of Sindora Bhd. – Bernama


 That is a media corporate man with an illustrious career in media, including politically linked.

Dato’ Johan is not newbie on the TV scene. He has moderated and facilitated countless number of debates and forum, live on TV, especially within the Media Prima Group. This includes the running commentaries of budget speeches, UMNO AGMs and special debates. He has also done special interviews and more will be expected from him.

The other important vehicle within the Media Prima Group is NST. Being the ‘primero English daily’, the issues and angles raised in NST reflects a lot of Government policies, despite no longer having the lead in market share. NST used to ‘shape’ the ‘tone’ of Malaysian mindset. Hence, the persons who control the editorial of NST will definitely matters.

Previously, under evil media lord Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan, NST spun so many stories designed to make PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi look good and at the expense of demonising leaders like Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. As the result of these over-spinning and eventually lying, the Malaysian public lost faith on the once ‘media trend setter’; the mighty NST. Not only that, NST editor Brenden Pereira also proven to be a serial plagiarist. Alternative media flourished during his damning tenure.

The ‘Thirteen million Ringgit’ question is now, who will be the next Group Editor In Chief (GEIC)? Will it be someone who is friendly to alternative media, especially bloggers?

Our concern here in BigDogDotCom is that, the incoming GEIC is not someone closely linked to ‘corrupt infested’ newly elected UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin. Strong rumours have it that one of the ‘Level Four Boys’ will be joining MRCB Group as a Director and the other into Media Prima Group as the Director in charge of International Businesses. MRCB is the parent company of Media Prima Group.





Published in: on April 29, 2009 at 07:13  Comments (11)  

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  1. My money is on Dato Ahmad Talib. Any takers?

    • Reading through last week’s posts and comments; for reasons that you and Big Dog should know;-)

      Well, it appears that you are most likely right – same odds as Manchester Utd winning this season’s EPL.

  2. perangai lu memang macam kisah melayu lama2

    dengki teramat sangat dengan orang lain

    celaka la lu

    • jibam jibom jibum… kat sini pulak orang Anwar Ibrahim datang. Ini kelas “throw and run”; macam kat Demi Negara, Sakmongkol…

  3. Balik-balik KJ..KJ..KJ…yang takut sangat dgn kj tu apesal? tak payah la dok tengok orang punya weakness saja. find your own strength la. At least KJ got both weakness and strenght. What about your…barking at the moon???

  4. Please suggest some names you deemed fit.
    Heard you are quite influential.
    Politicos read your blog.

  5. kasi Ahiruddin Atan, mesti semua orang UMNO sokong. Dia adalah blogger yang mempunyai kredibiliti yang sangat baik..

    Rocky Bru for NSTP!!

  6. Johan Jaaffar? Habis lo… TV3 akan menayangkan cerita karut & tahyul 24/7. Akan jadi macam majalah Mastika.

  7. Errr ever thought that these people are good anyway? whats trying to point guilt by association big dog?

  8. BD were u ever in la in 1984 studying as you remind me of someone i met there.

  9. […] The media pariah duo are at it again. Bitter for being displaced for the disposition of their Boss PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, they now use alternative media to undermine the administration of Prime Minister VI Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, especially after the announcement of changeover of leadership in Media Prima Bhd. recently. […]

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