English language daily the South China Morning Post is to have a new editor from January 1st, 2016.

Tammy Tam is set to succeed Wang Xiangwei as the new editor-in-chief. Wang will return to Beijing where he will become editorial advisor to Tam.

Wang Xiangwei and Tammy Tam.

Wang was editor-in-chief at the paper for four years. Tam, who is currently deputy editor, joined the SCMP in February 2012 according to an internal memo announcing the change.

SCMP statement uploaded to Twitter by an SCMP reporter.

The memo was posted by an SCMP reporter on Twitter on Friday afternoon shortly before being removed.

Spate of exits
The switch comes amid a mass exodus of employees including all staff members from the SCMP’s new international edition. At least two dozen reporters, long-standing veterans and award-winning journalists have left the paper in the past six months alone.

One Post employee, speaking on condition of anonymity, told HKFP that the announcement was “staggering news”.

“Xiangwei’s reign has not been a good one, but to replace him with someone whose idea of news judgment is sticking a picture of CY Leung into everything, and who struggles with basic English can only make matters far, far worse.”

Latest

Hong Kong Free Press

Hong Kong Free Press is a new, non-profit, English-language news source seeking to unite critical voices on local and national affairs. Free of charge and completely independent, HKFP arrives amid rising concerns over declining press freedom in Hong Kong and during an important time in the city’s constitutional development.