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The editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News is leaving the publication to return to London to be with family, according to an internal memo from owner Mort Zuckerman obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
Colin Myler has been with the Daily News for four years and had an immediate impact on the newsroom.
“His contribution and leadership over the past four years is something that most of us would hope to achieve in a lifetime,” the memo states. “He has changed the culture of our newsroom, expanded the Daily News brand to a national level – in print and digitally – and overseen the doubling of our website audience.”
Jim Rich, Myler’s deputy, will become the new editor-in-chief later in the year following Myler’s departure, according to the memo. It is unclear exactly when Myler is leaving.
Myler is credited with spearheading the famous “Shame on U.S.” cover following the the Sandy Hook school shootings and for the publication’s campaign that got 12,000 airport baggage handlers a raise.
The memo quotes Zuckerman as saying: “He is one of the finest editors I was lucky enough to hire. I will miss his leadership — but always value his friendship.”
In February, it was announced that a possible sale of the Daily News was occurring, but the publication was taken off the market after a six-month search failed to yield a buyer.
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