Andrew “Tank” Lanning (36) is the newly appointed News and Sports editor at South Africa's largest Internet portal, 24.com, and is based in Cape Town.
“24.com is the pinnacle of the online space in SA, and playing a part in the editorial direction it takes is just a phenomenal opportunity,” says Tank about his appointment.
Andrew is responsible for putting together the most comprehensive digital sports offering in South Africa, and together with co-editors, Bryan Porter and Chris Roper, is responsible for the editorial direction of 24.com, a portal that aims to be the destination of choice in a broad band and social network enabled South Africa.
He started his career in 1995 in Cape Town as a picture researcher and marketing apprentice in the sports and lifestyle publishing industry and was made head of their sports photo agency in 1996, before starting the online division and heading that up in 2001. Andrew became a Naspers employee by default when the company bought Touchline Media in the late nineties, but moved to 24.com to take up his current position.
Andrew is a graduate of UCT with a Social Science majoring in Economics, with a post graduate diploma in Marketing Management. He has also completed a Media Management course at the University of Stellenbosch, and a Publishing on the Web course at Stanford University in California.
Andrew coaches rugby at UCT and believes in working hard but playing harder, “I like to do a bit of gym. I swim, run and cycle so I can do the odd triathlon. I do the Argus every year. I'm also the president of the Cheerful Chunkies Athletic Club, which believes that participation in events is a way to earn your beers afterwards,” he adds.