Company celebrates achievement

Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley speaking to the Fiji Times family during the PANPA Award celebrations in Suva today. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

THE Fiji Times has taken criticism as constructive feedback rather than an attack on our own ability, which remains as prowess of brand “The Fiji Times”.

This was the strong message from Fiji Times Ltd chairman Kirit Patel during a celebration luncheon today to mark the most recent achievement of the company’s editor-in-chief Fred Wesley.

Mr Wesley was the inaugural recipient of the News Media Executive of the Year at the 2018 PANPA Awards at the Hilton in Sydney earlier this month.

“The positive part is that we listen to criticism, but we do not allow it to dominate our thoughts. This was always the case for Fred as he listened to the criticism but never allowed it to stop him from working harder,” Mr Patel said.

“Thank you, Team Fiji Times, for reporting news in line with our goal that is to cover the news as impartially as possible “without fear or favour.”

The company recently celebrated its 149th anniversary this month, a long way coming since its inception from the old capital town of Levuka.

“I will take this opportunity to acknowledge all our loyal readers who have supported and stood by us over the years, and moreso believing and trusting us and for this our commitment is to make sure the integrity of The Fiji Times is not blemished during our stewardship,” Mr Patel added.

Acknowledging the support network, Mr Wesley said the award was made possible by the committed staff members of Fiji Times including the loyal readers of the country’s oldest newspaper.

“My key message should be the fact that this wasn’t just me. This was something that we all did together as a team,” he said.

“When I say we did this together as a team, I mean I’m talking about all the reporters on the field, photographers, subeditors and proof readers in the background – all the editors, the drivers, the guys who process our pay, circulation, advertising – right to the people who sell our papers on the streets.”

*More on this in tomorrow’s The Fiji Times and on our e-edition. 

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