Colin Myler named president of Daily News

Colin Myler. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Colin Myler has been named president of the Daily News, a title he will tack on in addition to his existing one as editor-in-chief.

His "expanding role will involve working more closely with me on all Daily News strategic business initiatives and decisions," Bill Holiber, the paper's C.E.O. and former president, wrote in a staff memo obtained by Capital.

The promotion suggests Myler's two years atop the News' masthead are viewed as a success by company brass. It would also appear that Myler has the confidence of News owner Mort Zuckerman, who has been known to be mercurial in his attitudes toward top editors at his paper through the years.

Since coming aboard in January 2012 following his departure from News Corp's shuttered U.K. tabloid, News of the World, Myler has overseen a revamp of the News both in print and online, where it now has roughly 40 million unique monthly U.S. visitors. Overall, the title has increased its focus on celebrity and eyeball-baiting national stories while continuing to pursue the type of crusading hard-news coverage that is the tabloids' bread-and-butter.

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But Myler also has presided over layoffs that have claimed the jobs of numerous longtime staffers, some of whose bylines were all but synonymous with the News, like Joanna Molloy.

The paper still battles most closely with rival tabloid the New York Post while also contending with digital entrants into the local media landscape like DNAinfo and Mail Online.

Holiber's full note is below:

I am pleased to announce that Colin Myler is promoted to President of the Daily News. He will remain Editor-in-Chief.

Colin’s expanding role will involve working more closely with me on all Daily News strategic business initiatives and decisions. So much has been accomplished since his arrival two years ago. His stewardship and leadership of the Daily News editorial brand – both in the paper and online – has been outstanding. His extensive media knowledge and experience is an invaluable asset for our future growth.

Please join me in congratulating Colin.

Bill