Senator Ras Adiba appointed Bernama chairman (updated)

KUALA LUMPUR: Senator Ras Adiba Mohd Radzi (pic), 52, is the new chairman of Bernama, the Malaysian National News Agency, and the first woman to be appointed to the post.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah made the announcement here Tuesday (Nov 24), saying she will serve for three years starting from Nov 23.

“We all know her as someone who’s a veteran in the broadcasting world and I’m confident that she has enough experience to assist us in improving the quality of news presentation and current affairs, ” he told reporters during a press conference in Parliament Tuesday.

Ras Adiba, who was present during the press conference, also thanked the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for acceding to her appointment as Bernama chairman.

“I will do my very best. As you know, I grew up in front of most of you and I feel this is the time to return every experience I had after 34 years in the industry.

“I’m not just a news reader, but I have been a director and TV producer in several places. I will cooperate with everyone and god-willing, come up with some vibrant ideas and work with the existing team to produce high class news and stories, ” she said.

Ras Adiba also expressed optimism in taking on her new role as Bernama chairman, saying that more compelling human interest stories would be in the works.

“We have to make it fresher and more hip. I can’t wait to meet the team. I know some people are sceptical but for me, it’s fine because I’m from the media industry.

“They can challenge me as much as they can. Because this is what I do best, ” she said.

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