An ardent Sharks supporter, Delport (57) said he was excited about the challenges that lay ahead for him as editor of the IOS
. "I aim to build on the success achieved so far by adding ingredients which appeal to our existing - and future - readers.
"Obviously a big challenge is growing circulation, currently at 47 564, and attracting more advertisers. We want to make the IOS
a newspaper people notice and which has the sort of content everyone talks about."
He said leisure time was precious to people and reading habits were changing. "Elsewhere in the world Saturday titles are achieving great success by offering people interesting reads and lots of information on what to do with their leisure time. Of course, we also need to keep readers abreast of the latest happenings in news, sport and entertainment.
is a good mix of news, entertainment, sport and personal finance. All these areas will be approached with fresh eyes and given attention to improve our offering to readers and advertisers."
Delport, who is married to online media writer, Sally, said he felt journalists still had the respect of the public and were seen as watchdogs over bureaucrats, lazy and corrupt officials and crooked businesses.
Now a seasoned journalist he can look back on a highly successful career, which has seen him work on a variety of titles including The Star
, the Daily News
and the Sunday Tribune
where he was managing editor before his current appointment.
The enthusiasm of young reporters was encouraging. "Young reporters are as keen today as in my early days, and just as hard working.
"I believe there is a bright future for journalism and newspapers. Our business is a mix of entertaining and informing people - that need will remain. Many people in our country have only recently developed a taste for reading newspapers, often in the vernacular, but we hope they and their children will move on to reading English language publications."