“We are entrusting the group's oldest title to Angela and are delighted to do so,” Tony Howard, chief executive of Independent News & Media said. “The Mercury
is a special brand with an incredible history and we look forward to even greater things for it under Angela's stewardship.”
"Editing a newspaper is the dream of many a journalist and it's been no different for me," said Quintal in response to her appointment.
“I look forward to the challenge and privilege of editing The Mercury
which I know is firmly rooted in the community and has a long and proud record in the country. KwaZulu-Natal is an exciting province, rich with diversity and opportunity and The Mercury
is synonymous with all of it.
“With the help of The Mercury
's experienced and dedicated editorial team, I have no doubt that we will be able meet the challenges facing the industry both at home and overseas, and that the paper will continue to flourish and evolve in this digital age,” she said.
Quintal said she was honoured to be able to follow in the footsteps of an editor like David Canning, for whom she had the utmost respect.
Howard also thanked Canning for more than 40 years of excellent service, including seven as editor.
fared superbly under David's watch, even in the most challenging times. We thank him for this, and look forward to a continued association with him where we can draw on his rich knowledge of newspapers.”
Canning said: “I was privileged to have had a great team of journalists and am looking forward finding some new ways of serving the community. I have worked with Angela, as our former group political editor, for a number of years and know that I am leaving the paper in very capable hands.”