Nation insider to steer Standard Media

Former Business Daily managing editor Ochieng Rapuro has been confirmed editor in chief of the Standard Group days after vacating his position as managing editor of regional news publication The East African at the Nation Media Group (NMG).

Changes announced in a statement signed by group CEO Orlando Lyomu seen by Business Today show that the media house has abolished the editorial director role and has adopted the duplicate model of editor in chief and executive editor that NMG abandoned in January after the exit of Tom Mshindi.

Rapuro will now be in charge of editorial operations across all Standard Group’s platforms and will be tasked with ensuring that Standard competes with The Nation which is the most popular across digital and print platforms and Citizen TV which is the most popular broadcast TV station in the country.

“Mr Ochieng Rapuro has been appointed editor in chief of Standard Group with effect from July 1,” reads the statement.

Kipkoech Tanui, the immediate former Standard editorial deputy director has been elevated to the position of group executive editor and head of news in the converged structure.

Mr Tanui will be the chief coordinator of joint news gathering and processing under the convergence model and will also manage business interface between editorial and other departments.

Rapuro’s appointment as editor in chief is likely to come as a blow to Tanui who was widely viewed as the front runner since he was the senior most editor and owing to his close ties with the Moi Family, the owners of Standard Group.

{Read: Nation boss dons a brave face after top editor quits}

The new changes are also likely to trigger sibling rivalry as Standard is now firmly in the hands of near age mates who worked together as colleagues at some point.

Duncan Kizito has been appointed the head of Think Outdoor, the company’s billboard marketing business. He has also been tasked with overseeing implementation of the media house’s media integration programme.

Also in the changes, Njoroge Kinuthia has taken over from Andrew Kipkemboi as Opinion, Quality and Content (OPed) editor. Kipkemboi has been moved to the position of editor partnerships and projects.

{See also: Standard Media to appoint Ochieng Rapuro editorial director in surprise move}

Ellen Wanjiru (managing editor KTN), John Bundotich (managing editor Weekend Standard), Caroline Kimutai (managing editor digital), Charles Otieno (managing editor The Nairobian), Hassan M’Mbetsa (managing editor Pambazuko) and Steve Mbogo (managing editor Mt Kenya Star) have all been maintained in their respective positions.