Sun Moon University professor Cha Joon-young, 62, has been appointed as president of the Segye Ilbo, the daily newspaper said.
The inauguration ceremony was held at the company's building in Seoul, Feb. 27, after its board of directors approved Cha as the new president.
His appointment came after the paper caused a stir by reporting a "memo-gate" scandal involving a former aide to President Park Geun-hye, incumbent presidential secretaries and her brother Park Ji-man last November.
After majored in Korean language education at Seoul National University, Cha received a master's degree in digital media communication. He completed the Ph.D. in the same major at Sogang University.
Cha joined the Segye Ilbo in 1988 abd served various posts including managing editor in the company. He is also a secretary general of the World Peace Tunnel Foundation, which looks for a way to improve the diplomatic relation between Korea and Japan through building an undersea tunnel across the Korea Strait.
The Segye Ilbo was established by the Unification Church foundation in 1989. The company has a partnership with the U.S.-based Washington Times.
Its average daily circulation nationwide was estimated at 85,456 in 2010, according to the Korea Audit Bureau of Circulations, a media research institute under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
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