2:27 pm May. 2, 2012
The Daily News has named a new web editor about a week after the resignation of its outgoing digital chief, Scott Cohen.
And News editor-in-chief Colin Myler has dipped into the talent pool of his native Britain in making the appointment: The job goes to Ted Young, formerly editor of the Daily Mail's web operation, Mail Online
"I am thrilled that a journalist of Ted’s outstanding ability is joining us to guide our expansion plans for our online operation, both locally and nationally," Myler said in a note to staff Wednesday afternoon. "I know he is looking forward to working with the great team of journalists who have done so much to establish such a successful site."
The announcement suggests that Myler, the former News of the World editor who replaced Kevin Convey at the News in January, isn't letting yesterday's report from a British parliamentary committee get in the way of his day-to-day business. It accused Myler of misleading Parliament in 2009 about his knowledge of phone-hacking at News of the World, which News Corp. shuttered last summer, thus leaving Myler without a job for several months. He's come under increased scrutiny as a result of the report, but has not lost the support of News owner Mort Zuckerman, who issued a statement in Myler's defense.
Young's hiring also comes as New York's perennial tabloid war appears to be heating up a bit, especially on the digital front. The News has been ahead of its rival the New York Post for some time in terms of web traffic, partly thanks to the prime positioning of S.E.O.-friendly national stories and celebrity news that became a bigger part of nydailynews.com's DNA under Cohen. A new report out yesterday from the Audit Bureau of Circulations likewise showed the News beating the Post in overall digital circulation.
But the Post is ramping up its web operation, too. Jesse Angelo, a longtime lieutenant of News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and editor of tablet tabloid The Daily, is taking on a larger role in the Post's website, nypost.com. And the paper recently tapped Gawker alum Remy Stern to helm the Post's digital ship under the direction of Angelo. (The Post also is owned by News Corp.)
As for Young and his "various senior positions in British journalism" mentioned in Myler's announcement, at least one of them ended controversially. In 2005, Young claimed he was forced to leave his post as executive editor of the Daily Express because the paper's owner, Richard Desmond, punched him during a newsroom brawl.
Myler's full memo is below:
I am delighted to announce that Ted Young, the former Editor of Mail Online, is joining the Daily News to develop our online Digital site.
For the past two years Ted has been one of the key driving forces behind the Mail’s phenomenal success and has over 28 years of experience in the newspaper industry.
Before he joined the Mail, Ted held various senior positions in British journalism including Editor of the London Lite and Standard Lite newspapers, Executive Editor of the Daily Express, and Night Editor of The Sun.
He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge.
I am thrilled that a journalist of Ted’s outstanding ability is joining us to guide our expansion plans for our online operation, both locally and nationally. I know he is looking forward to working with the great team of journalists who have done so much to establish such a successful site.
He is arriving at a time when we will be investing heavily in our new digital business strategy and he will play a major role in those plans.
We hope to have Ted on board in June.
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