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Gatis Madzins to be Latvian newspaper Diena editor in chief

BC, Riga, 03.05.2013.Print version
Latvian State Television's (LTV) online portal director Gatis Madzins has decided to leave his job and become editor in chief at newspaper Diena, as Madzins confirmed to the business portal, cites LETA.

Madzins said that he was offered the job last week, adding that he would also be in charge of the portal. "It does not mean though that I will be the portal's editor in chief. As far as I know, the portal already has one."


Madzins said that joint-stock company Diena CEO Edgars Kots could offer more information about his duties as the newspaper's editor in chief.


Kots told that he had offered Madzins the job of Dienas mediji editor in chief, which means that he will also be newspaper Diena editor in chief and run the portal. Madzins is expected to stabilize the situation at the newspaper and increase the number of the newspaper's subscribers.


Commenting on the current Diena editor in chief Aigars Freimanis, co-owner of the market and social research agency Latvijas fakti who took the job on January 7, Kots said that Freimanis had informed him about a week ago that he would have to leave Diena for personal and health reasons.


Kots also said that he had developed very successful cooperation with Madzins back when he was working at LTV yet, which is why he decided to offer the job to him, and Madzins accepted the offer.


According to information at portal, Madzins has been working at LTV since September 2011 and is in charge of the television's Internet portal. Before that he worked at the BNS Latvija news agency. has been unable to get in touch with Freimanis so far.


The previous Diena editors in chief are Viktors Daugmalis (from 1990 to 1992), journalist Sarmite Elerte (1992 to June 2008), former LTV news service producer Anita Brauna (September 2008 to October 2009), former editor in chief at newspaper ''Dienas Bizness'' Dace Andersone (December 2009 to June 2010), Dienas mediji editor in chief Guntis Bojars (June and July 2010, March 2012 to January 2013), Sergejs Ancupovs (July and August 2010) and photographer Ilmars Znotins (August 2010 to march 2012).

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