City Councilor and AFC Executive Member, Sherod Duncan, has been named the new General Manager of the Guyana Chronicle.
Staff Members of the state-owned newspaper learnt of the development at a General Staff Meeting today. The announcement was made by the Chairperson of the Board, Geeta Chandan.
Duncan, who also sits on the Board of the Guyana Chronicle, last served as a Communications Officer for the Ministry of Business.
His appointment comes at a time when the Board of the Guyana Chronicle was left with only five members, including Duncan, following the resignation of four Directors earlier this year, in protest of the firing of two columnists by the Editor in Chief.
Those Directors were never replaced.
If Duncan’s appointment was approved by the current Board and he recused himself from that position, it would mean that his appointment would have been approved by the remaining four members of the Board.
News Source understands that Duncan was part of an interviewing process for the job recently and was judged the best candidate for the position. A few months ago, his weekly column in the same newspapers was discontinued.
A former Board Member told News Source that the appointment comes as no surprise with a diluted Board and since just after Duncan was appointed to the Board last year, he handed in an application for the job and declared that he was sent to the board to “fix things” at the Chronicle.
The Guyana Chronicle has been stepping up rebranding efforts to attract more readers. While the newspapers currently enjoys an increase in its online and social media presence, its unclear whether the printed copy has seen any significant rise in shares.
While the Guyana Chronicle does not receive a Government subsidy, it receives the bulk of Government advertising.