To assist the Daily staffers in that effort, there will be an internal job fair on Dec. 19. Several of them have already landed on their feet, including editor Jesse Angelo, who has been promoted to publisher of sister title the New York Post, and veteran gossip Richard Johnson, who had left the Post to become the Daily's Hollywood bureau chief but who is also headed back to the tabloid, according to an announcement this afternoon on his Facebook page.
Starting Dec. 15, News Corp's iPad newspaper, The Daily, will cease publication, bringing an end to an ambitious and expensive two-year experiment in tablet publishing that ultimately failed to be a considerable driver of readers and revenue in the nascent tablet-publishing market.
After losing its star editor to the competition, The Wall Street Journal's glossy luxury supplement, WSJ., has installed a new captain.
This is unusual for News Corp., a company whose newspapers around the world regularly shift talent around among themselves—not just at the very top levels, at the behest of Murdoch or other executives, but all up and down the roster.
The move comes several months after former Bloomberg executive Lex Fenwick was named C.E.O. of Dow Jones, which publishes The Wall Street Journal and is owned by News. Corp.
The reason for Thomson's note was the debut today of a some design tweaks that have added more color throughout the paper, a change that Adweek's Lucia Moses first reported on two weeks ago.
"The newspaper has a new livery, complete with color-coded sections and stock and index tables with suddenly vivid personalities," Thomson wrote.
Note to regular readers of The Front: Read Ken Auletta's profile of Robert Thomson in The New Yorker today (if you've got a subscription). What he ultimately gets around to, and which is written a little bit apologetically, as though he hadn't managed to find instances of Murdoch or Thomson pushing a political agenda on the reporting staff of The Wall Street Journal, is a form of self-censorship that occurs in the ranks at the company; this is the closest I've seen anyone come to explaining how a paper with little or no interference from its publisher and editor can nevertheless seem to carry a banner for them, something we've talked about a lot before in this space and in the context of the Post.