Arusha — THE Arusha Regional Commissioner, Mr Magessa Mulongo, has promised to work closely with the Tanzania Standard (Newspapers) Limited (TSN) in providing the public with timely information.
The RC said his office will ensure that the public is properly informed on what the government is currently doing and other achievements in the country through public newspapers being published by TSN.
"It is only through the Daily News, Sunday News and HabariLeo that the government can accurately be reported and positive news written," said Mr Mulongo during talks with the Acting TSN Managing Editor, Mr Gabriel Nderumaki, who visited the RC.
According to Mr Mulongo, the country is currently experiencing an influx of media outlets, reporters and all other forms of news vendors, busy reporting fickle and sensational issues and creating wedges in society; thus, it is time for TSN to take the front seat and lead the news agenda in the country.
"My office will fully support the 'Daily News' and its sister papers in providing them with proper information, business opportunities and other privileges, not just because it is a government owned media firm but also it is due to the fact that they are the only hope left in journalism so far.
Mr Mulongo said he would instruct other government offices and departments in the region to extend same support to TSN outlets and journalists. Mr Nderumaki said his company's products will continue to adhere to accurate and balanced reporting with a focus on community development and solving problems rather than creating them as it seems to be the norm with other outlets.
Mr Nderumaki later held talks with the Arusha District Commissioner, Mr John Mongella, who admitted that TSN products were the only newspapers he believed in. However, he advised the TSN management to relaunch the flagship product "The Daily News now needs a different look after being in existence for over 70 years.
"The paper is still good, reliable and respected. What it needs now is slightly a different and fresh look to reenergise its circulation," said Mr Mongella who added that 'HabariLeo' was good as it is now," Mr Mongella said. Mr Nderumaki said there were plans to re-launch the 'Daily News', which will retain its broadsheet form to distinguish it from the already saturated tabloid market.