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The Observer to hit the streets

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A new privately-owned national daily newspaper The Observer, the brainchild of former Alpha Media Holdings staffer Barnabas Thondhlana, is set to hit the streets next month.

Thondhlana told NewsDay yesterday that the new publication would start as a weekly and eventually become a daily, adding preparations for its launch were at an advanced stage.

“We expect to hit the streets in September. We got a licence as a daily paper, but we will start off as a weekly and then about eight months later revert to a daily paper,” Thondhlana said.

“We are already in the process of head-hunting for experienced and non-experienced staff, but the experienced ones will form the better part of our staff so that they train the inexperienced staff.

“We expect to get funding for the project from banks, including the African Development Bank, and I am also sure we will get investors from the corporate world to support the project.”
Thondhlana worked for the Zimbabwe Independent and had a brief stint with NewsDay in its formative stage.

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