Colin Myler, one of the most recognizable names from the News Corp. phone hacking scandal, is coming to Gotham to serve as editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News, arch-rival of Rupert Murdoch's New York Post. According to an emailed memo obtained by Capital New York's Azi Paybarah, Myler is "immensely proud and honored" to take over on January 10, and we can't wait to see how he does going head-to-head with News Corp. Myler and Tom Crone are the two former employees who have been accusing James Murdoch of lying to Parliament about his knowledge of phone hacking. We've got a sneaking suspicion that things could now get very interesting for everybody involved in the New York City tabloid wars.
The full leaked memo:
Colin Myler has been appointed editor-in-chief of The New York Daily News and NYDailyNews.com. The Daily News is New York’s largest-circulation daily newspaper and NYDailyNews.com is the 12th largest news site in the U.S. according to Comscore. It serves 2 million unique monthly visitors in the New York metropolitan region and 10 million nationally.
Myler’s appointment as top editor is effective January 10. "I am immensely proud and honored to be leading one of America's great newspapers into a new era," said Myler.
Over a 40-year career in journalism, Myler, 59, has held senior executive positions at leading British and American media companies, most recently as editor of the News of the World. He spent five years from December 2001 until January 2007 as managing editor and executive editor of the New York Post.
"Colin Myler will lead our print and digital platforms into the next generation of newspaper publishing," said Bill Holiber, President and CEO of the Daily News.
Said Daily News chairman and publisher Mort Zuckerman, "The New York Daily News is a great institution of American journalism which will only get better under the leadership of Colin."
Zuckerman also praised outgoing Daily News editor-in-chief Kevin Convey. "Along with everyone else at the Daily News, I want to thank Kevin for his editorial input over the past year-and-a-half."
Myler has edited four national newspapers in the UK. He returned to London from New York in 2007 after the hacking scandal resulted in the jailing of a News of the World Royal reporter and private investigator for accessing private voicemails.