William McGurn, WSJ columnist and former speechwriter for Murdoch, Bush, is named ‘Post’ editorial-page editor

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The new editorial page editor of the New York Post will be William McGurn, a vice president at News Corp., the company that owns the newspaper.

McGurn also writes speeches for Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., and a column for The Wall Street Journal, also owned by Murdoch's News Corp. From 2005 to early 2008, he served as the chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

Here's the memo sent to Post employees announcing the retirement of outgoing Post editorial page editor Robert McManus, who joined the paper in 1983 and has been running the editorial page since 2000.

In a memo to staff, Post top editor Col Allan said that McManus left "despite my urging he reconsider." Here's the full text of the memo:

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Dear Colleagues,

After a career spanning 45 years, the last 12 of them as the Post’s Editorial Page Editor Bob McManus has decided to retire.

He has done so despite my urging he reconsider. Bob’s contributions to the Post and to the political life of New York have been enormous. Apart from a sharp, punchy writing style it is Bob’s conviction to principle that has made him a giant in the city and state.

Bob maintained his beliefs in smaller, better government, lower taxes and an intense distaste for corruption even as those in power tried to quiet him. For me personally Bob provided the best advice, sometimes contrarian but always sharp and honest.

His intellect and wit have helped the New York Post become a national voice for common sense.

As we prepare to say farewell to Bob I would like to announce the appointment of Bill McGurn as the Post’s new Editorial Page Editor.

Most recently Bill has been a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, having previously worked for the Journal in both Asia and Europe.

From 2005 to 2008 Bill worked at the White House as the chief speechwriter for President George W Bush. Bill graduated from Notre Dame and Boston University.

Folks, as we offer our gratitude and best wishes to our great friend and colleague Bob McManus can we also extend our hands in welcome and friendship to Bill McGurn.

Col Allan

Editor-in-Chief