TOPIC: The ethics of uncertainty
Peter Bruce is Editor in Chief of Business Day and the Financial Mail since June 2013.
September 2012 – June 2013: Managing Director and Publisher of BDFM.
2001 —– August 2012 : Editor, Business Day. Business Day is the only business daily newspaper in SA and well regarded by the business and investment sectors as a source of trustworthy business news. Business Day’s content is also trusted and respected by all sides of the South African political spectrum. Annual revenues exceed R200m a year and circulation averages around 40 000.
1997 — 2000: Editor, Financial Mail. South Africa’s premier business and political weekly, modelled on The Economist, which was once an owner. Peter Bruce was the first editor of the FM in the new democratic era in SA. The magazine managed to effect significant change in style and direction over the past decade and reached its all-time high circulation under Peter’s editorship.
1996: Editor, Business Report, Johannesburg. Weekday business supplement in four urban dailies. Profitability, advertising revenue and editorial credibility all improved in the year.
1995 to 1996: UK News Editor, Financial Times, London. A senior editorial management post at the FT, focussing on rejuvenating the newspaper’s home news coverage and helping to turn around stalling UK circulation.
1994 to 1995: European News Editorial, Financial Times, London. A senior editorial post at the FT, coordinating the news gathering, editing, motivation and management of 19 staff foreign correspondents in western and eastern Europe, and a further 10 permanent ‘stringers’.
1988 to 1994: Bureau Chief, Financial Times in Madrid, Spain. Covering all aspects of Spanish politics, economics, finance and social affairs. Brief extended to Portugal.
1984 to 1988: Staff correspondent Financial Times, Bonn, Germany. Covering politics and economics and chiefly responsible for coverage of German industry and social affairs. I was first winner, in 1987, of the annual Anglo-German Foundation DM10,000 prize for ‘outstanding’ coverage, in English, of Germany. This period included a six month duty in Japan
1982 to 1984: Industrial correspondent Financial Times, London Covering the UK steel and engineering industries. Extensive travel in US, Europe and Asia writing international features and surveys.
1980 to 1982: Assistant foreign news editor, Financial Times, London. Responsible editor for Financial Times pages on Africa, the middle East and Asia.
1979 to 1980: Sub-editor, Financial Times UK newsdesk, London
Last half 1978: London contributor to the Sunday Post and the Sunday Express in Johannesburg. Freelance sub editor, the Guardian, London.
1977 and 1978: Sub editor, Rand Daily Mail, Johannesburg. Chief sub-editor, Rand Daily Mail ‘Extra’, sub editor and leader writer, Daily dispatch, East London
1974 to 1975: General news reporter and municipal reporter, the Natal Mercury, Durban
1975 to 1977: Rhodes University, for Bachelor of Journalism (B. Journ) Second major in African Government. Editor of Rhodeo, the campus newspaper, in 1975. Established Oppidan, a rival campus paper, in 1976.
1971 to 1974: Natal University, for Bachelor of Architecture (incomplete)
1969” matriculated Umtata High School, Transkei
PERSONAL BACKGROUND AND HISTORY
Born 1952 in Umtata, Transkei, South Africa. Attended Umtata Holy Cross Convent and Umtata High School Age 43. Divorced, two children – sons, Alexander & Nicholas (both born 1993)
English, Spanish, German, Afrikaans. (Restudying Xhoza)
Reading non-fiction, light exercise, watching sport