Veteran Journalist Malick Jeng appointed new GRTS DG

Mar 1, 2021, 11:44 AM

Veteran journalist and broadcaster, Malick Jeng, has been appointed director general of The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) effective 1 March 2021. He replaces Abdou Touray, who is transferred to Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure as adviser.

Until his appointment, Mr. Jeng was the GT Board’s Tourism Destination manager for the United Kingdom based in London.

Mr. Jeng has a long and colourful carrier in journalism which started at the former Radio Gambia where he started as a trainee news assistant.  Mr. Jeng holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff.  After his studies in Cardiff, Mr. Jeng did a six-month attachment at the BBC African Service in London producing a programme called Postmark Africa.

Following his return to Banjul after his training, Mr. Jeng became head of news and current affairs. In 1993, he was moved to State House where he served as press officer to the president under both presidents Jawara and Jammeh.

In 1994, he was appointed director of the former National Tourist Office and later became director of marketing at the former Gambia Tourism Authority.  From the GTA, Mr. Jeng moved to the United States Embassy in Banjul where he served as political-economic and commercial specialist for several years. On leaving the embassy, Mr. Jeng became chief executive officer of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham- Gambia) promoting trade and investment between The Gambia and the United States.

Reacting to his appointment, Mr. Jeng thanked President Adama Barrow for approving his appointment to the position.  He said that in collaboration with the dedicated and hardworking staff, he wants to make GRTS the station of choice for Gambians both at home and abroad.