[www.inewsguyana.com] – The State-owned Guyana Chronicle has taken a decision to terminate the services of its General Manager Michael Gordon and Editor-in-Chief Mark Ramotar with immediate effect.
According to a media release, the Board of Directors of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL), publisher of the Guyana Chronicle and Sunday Chronicle, at a meeting on Tuesday December 01, 2015 took a unanimous decision to discontinue the services of Gordon and Ramotar effective immediately.
“The Board of Directors is of the view that fresh leadership is needed administratively, and new editorial direction and support is required.”
The Board of Directors thanked both men for their services to the company and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.
Mark Ramotar is an award-winning Journalist with a wealth of experience in the Media field. He won the Press Trust of India award for Best Graduating Student when he studied journalism at the Jawaharlall Nehru University in New Delhi, India. Ramotar has been employed at the Guyana Chronicle for the past 16 years. Having been seconded from the Ministry of Information, he rapidly worked his way through the ranks from Senior Reporter, Chief Reporter, Chief Political Reporter, News Editor, Editor, and then Editor-in Chief (ag.), all before he attained the age of 30.
Many observers believe his dismissal is ‘politically motivated’ and due to his perceived close affiliation to the ousted PPP/C Government and friendship with former President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo.
Ramotar, when contacted, declined to comment.
A subsequent release from the Board revealed that the company’s Finance Manager Mrs Moshamie Ramotar – Mark Ramotar’s wife – has been appointed Acting General Manager for the period of three months.
It was noted that GNNL will immediately commence the search for a substantive General Manager following the decision to fire Michael Gordon.
“The post will be publicly advertised and an appointment made following the successful completion of the process,” the release noted.
“The Board of Directors thanks Mr. Gordon for his service to GNNL and wishes him the best in his future endeavours. The Board further expresses its confidence in Mrs Ramotar in taking up the mantle of administrative leadership during this period of transition. Mrs Ramotar is the substantive Finance Director of GNNL.”