News of the World Editor Lands At NY Daily News
So much for journalistic integrity. Colin Myler, former editor of the now defunct News of the World, has landed the top gig at the New York Daily News.
Former News of the World editor Colin Myler has admitted there is a touch of irony about being pitted against his former bosses Rupert and James Murdoch in his new job as editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News.
Speaking to MediaGuardian as he boarded a flight to America on Thursday, Myler described his return to the rough and tumble of New York’s bitterly contested daily tabloid newspaper market as a great end to a pretty difficult year.
He added that he was looking forward to getting back to work, six months after he was left without a job with the abrupt closure of the Sunday tabloid – the UK’s biggest selling paper – by the Murdochs at the height of the phone-hacking scandal in July.
He is also relishing the prospect of taking on his former boss, Rupert Murdoch, who owns the News’s arch rival, the New York Daily Post – but more particularly doing battle with his son James, who is in the process of relocating to New Corporation’s New York headquarters from London, where he oversaw News of the World publisher News International.
Asked how he felt about taking on the Murdochs, Myler said. “It’s going to be fun … there is a touch of irony about it.”
Myler spectacularly fell out with James Murdoch following the closure of News of the World, publicly accusing him of misleading MPs during parliamentary hearings about phone hacking.
Myler and Tom Crone, the News of the World’s former head of legal, allege that they told Murdoch in 2008 that phone hacking at the paper went beyond a single rogue reporter.
Murdoch, who oversees News International as News Corp’s deputy chief operating officer, denies this.it marks Myler’s return to New York, where he was executive editor of the NY Post.