During her tenure, Katopodis aimed to help build a formidable news brand and an award-winning team that is powerfully positioned in the media industry.

After starting her career at Primedia Broadcasting as a field reporter, she went on to co-host Talk at 9; she also anchored the morning news on 702.

She was appointed as news editor of the Johannesburg news team before her appointment as editor-in-chief for the Primedia Group and the newly branded EWN.

Under her leadership, EWN won numerous awards for excellence in journalism. She holds a senior position in the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) and was elected as its deputy chairperson.

"Katy has always been, and remains, passionate about South Africa and the media industry and has been a strong advocate for media freedom and responsible journalism," says Primedia CEO, Omar Essack.

"She has built up EWN from a radio station news team into one of the most respected and widely visited multiplatform newsrooms in the country," adds Essack.

"This is a legacy that we are extremely proud of, and we are grateful to her for her extraordinary contribution to EWN and to journalism in South Africa," he says. 

"We will miss her, but are comforted that she leaves a strong team behind her to continue the great work. We wish her every success with her new venture," he adds.

Katopodis says, "Primedia Broadcasting has been a huge part of my life. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had and am immensely proud of what we have achieved at EWN. I leave behind a passionate team of people, who I have come to adore, and who have dedicated their careers to getting Inside the Truth with EWN. It has been my honour and privilege to lead this astounding team and to watch them shine year after year, story after story." 

She adds, "After more than two decades with Primedia, the timing is now perfectly right to explore new and exciting opportunities. It may be the end of an era, but it's also the beginning of an exciting new chapter for me."

"I’ve started my own media company with two exceptional women with enormous professional integrity in the industry and who share my values and vision for the future of media in South Africa," she concludes.

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