Two from Murdoch's stable defect to the 'Daily News'
News Corp. just lost a little talent to one of its New York newspaper rivals.
Two New York Post alumni are headed to the Daily News.
One is Jon Blackwell, who is leaving his post as copy chief at News Corp's tablet title, The Daily, to become deputy managing editor for production at the News. (The News recently fired former longtime production managing editor Tom Sullivan.)
Before joining The Daily, Blackwell spent 10 years on the copy desk of the Post, where he overlapped with current News editor Colin Myler, formerly the No. 2 to Post editor Col Allan. Like The Daily, the Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., as was U.K. tabloid News of the World, which Myler also used to edit, before it got shut down last summer during the apex of the British phone-hacking scandal.
The other Postie climbing aboard Myler's ship is Don Kaplan, who has been named TV editor following a two-year stint on the Post's metro desk and more than a decade as its television reporter prior to that. The News has been down a man in its TV coverage ever since Richard Huff left the tabloid after 19 years for a P.R. gig at CBS News.
Myler's memo is below:
I am delighted to announce the following appointments:
Jon Blackwell is to be our Deputy Managing Editor, Production. He will oversee all aspects of our news and features copy desk operation.
Jon joins us from The Daily, where he was Copy Desk Chief. Prior to that he spent ten years on the copy desk of the New York Post.
Don Kaplan is our new TV Editor. Don comes to the News after a 14-year-long career at the New York Post.
Most recently, he spent two years on the Metro Desk. Prior to that he worked for more than a decade as the Post’s television beat reporter.
I know you will give both Jon and Don a warm, News welcome.