The Myanmar Times will embark on a new phase of its ongoing development next month with the launch of an English-language daily newspaper – almost exactly 15 years after it pioneered the news weekly in Myanmar.
The newspaper, which will be the only local private daily in the market, will feature 24 pages of local and international news, commentary and features and be available at newsstands Monday to Friday.
The Friday weekend edition will also feature a 28-page lifestyle liftout containing information on all the latest events in Yangon, together with features and news on arts and culture.
While Myanmar-language newspapers have proliferated since the government announced in early 2013 that it would lift a ban on private daily publications, the English field remains relatively open. The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar is the only locally published daily, while there is also competition from foreign papers, such as the International New York Times, Straits Times and Bangkok Post.
“The launch of the daily is a milestone in the history of The Myanmar Times,” said chief executive officer Tony Child. “It is the result of much dedicated work by our staff. It will be an essential read and a valuable contribution to the development of the press in Myanmar.”
The Myanmar Times has been a market leader since launching its English weekly in February 2000, and a Myanmar weekly the following year. In 2007 it began publishing a fashion and lifestyle magazine, NOW!.
In 2012 it became the first Myanmar publication to receive a major international prize when it won an award from the Society of Publishers in Asia for opinion writing. Over the next two years it won four more awards.
In 2014, Myanmar Consolidated Media, the parent company of The Myanmar Times, was taken over by business entrepreneur U Thein Tun.
Heading the editorial team will be U Thiha Saw, who joined the company as editorial director last year. In 2013 he launched Myanmar Freedom Daily, the first private English daily in Myanmar in more than 50 years.
Source: MYANMAR TIMES