It must have been a big decision for former News of the World editor Colin Myler (he was in charge when Rupert Murdoch closed the paper at the height of the phone hacking scandal) when he chose, along with former legal manager Tom Krone, to challenge James Murdoch’s recollection of the notorious ‘for Neville’ phone hacking email.
This may still cost James his jobs at both News Corporation and part-own UK pay-TV broadcaster BSkyB.
Now Myler (pictured), who clearly thinks the paper closed and 300-odd jobs were lost to protect the backs of Murdoch and departed News International CEO Rebekah Brooks, has taken his rivalry with the Murdochs a step further by agreeing to join the New York Daily News as editor.
Myler was editor of the Murdoch-owned New York Post tabloid from 2001 to 2007 before moving to the NoW so he knows the New York market well (the Daily News sells about 600,000 copies to the Post’s 500,000). But the appointment is still something of a gamble for Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman. Phone hacking, which seems to have occurred mostly before Myler arrived at the NoW, is just one of several police inquiries into activities at the paper.
Zuckerman says:“The New York Daily News is a great institution of American journalism which will only get better under the leadership of Colin.”