Richard Huff's farewell, as Colin Myler's stamp becomes visible on the 'Daily News'
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Longtime TV writer Richard Huff bid farewell to the Daily News today after more than 19 years and some 8,200 bylines at the tabloid.
In a sentimental column that lamented leaving "the joys of a newspaper job" while acknowledging the excitement of exploring "some of the new frontier" (though in this case, the new frontier is a public-relations gig at CBS News), Huff recalled some of the countless exchanges he'd had with readers and gave a nod to the sources and contacts he'd developed in the industry.
"Writers are not dissimilar from actors in that we get to experience someone else’s lives for a short time, recreate it and hopefully get some reaction from an audience," he wrote. "Active readers make us better reporters. So it’s thanks to all of you that I walk out of the Daily News this week a better person than when I walked in."
Huff is not the only one to walk out of the News lately.
His exit is the latest in a string of recent departures that suggest the newsroom's DNA is starting to morph somewhat under former News of the World editor Colin Myler (who must feel as if he's crawling out from under a bus right now thanks to his former boss Rupert Murdoch's testimony during an inquiry into British press standards this week).
Those include several high-ranking editors: Managing editor Bob Sapio, who was reportedly forced to retire; photo editor Gretchen Viehmann, who went back to England to be with her husband; and, most recently, digital editor Scott Cohen, who is headed to a startup in a few weeks.
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