KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian National News Agency (BERNAMA) today announced the promotion of Datuk Mokhtar Hussain as Editor-in-Chief with immediate effect.
Datuk Mokhtar, 58, who has been Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the past six years, succeeds Datuk Zakaria Abdul Wahab, who has retired.
As Editor-in-Chief, Datuk Mokhtar will ensure editorial continuity while BERNAMA embarks on its organisational and newsroom transformation in order to meet the digital challenges faced by the media the world over.
Datuk Seri Azman Ujang, Chairman of BERNAMA said “Mokhtar’s appointment follows a long tradition in BERNAMA of its Editor-in-Chief being an internal promotion. He is a career BERNAMA journalist and having 34 years of service to his credit, I am confident he will take the national news agency to greater height. The media industry both print and digital is going through a critical phase which makes it even more challenging for BERNAMA as a national news agency”.
“Having been Editor-in-Chief myself previously, I know Mokhtar will have a tougher ride given the changing media landscape but I am equally confident he will be up to the mark”, added Datuk Seri Azman.
Datuk Mokhtar started his career as a News Executive in 1985 and has held various positions, including as Sabah Bureau Chief and also as News & Current Affairs Manager, Audio Visual Service.
He holds a master’s degree in Business Law from the National University of Malaysia and a bachelor’s degree with honours in Jurisprudence from the University of Malaya, as well as a bachelor’s degree with honours in Mass Communication from the National University of Malaysia.