New Faces/Departures

On The Slovak Spectator's fifth anniversary on March 1, publisher Rick Zedník announced that a 51% share in the company had been sold to Bratislava publishing house VMV, which puts out well-known Slovak titles like the Slovak daily Sme and the weekly Domino Fórum. The paper's four current owners - Americans who started the enterprise in 1995 - retain 49% in the Spectator and an active interest in the paper's future.
As of April 1, The Slovak Spectator has moved to a new address in downtown Bratislava at Dostojevského rad 1. Some staff changes have accompanied the transfer, including the hiring of Ed Holt, 27, as Business Editor. Ed, a native of London, served until the beginning of March as Editor in Chief of the Central European Business Weekly, and has written for and edited regional papers for the last two and a half years.


Chris Togneri


Ed Holt

On The Slovak Spectator's fifth anniversary on March 1, publisher Rick Zedník announced that a 51% share in the company had been sold to Bratislava publishing house VMV, which puts out well-known Slovak titles like the Slovak daily Sme and the weekly Domino Fórum. The paper's four current owners - Americans who started the enterprise in 1995 - retain 49% in the Spectator and an active interest in the paper's future.

As of April 1, The Slovak Spectator has moved to a new address in downtown Bratislava at Dostojevského rad 1. Some staff changes have accompanied the transfer, including the hiring of Ed Holt, 27, as Business Editor. Ed, a native of London, served until the beginning of March as Editor in Chief of the Central European Business Weekly, and has written for and edited regional papers for the last two and a half years.

Senior Staff Writer Chris Togneri has become the paper's new News and Culture Editor. Chris has been a staff writer with the Spectator since November 1998. Now 25, he is a native of Oakland, California.

The paper regrets to announce the departure of Alica Balászová, Graphics Director. Alica has been with the Spectator since July 1998, and leaves to pursue other opportunities.

Beyond these changes, the Spectator you find on stands, in the mail and on the Internet as of April 1 will remain the same in both editorial style, independence and objectivity. We look forward to reading more of readers' letters and comments on how we can best serve your interests.

Tom Nicholson

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