It's Rupert Murdoch editor vs. bounced Murdoch man in New York City's tabloid wars. In a decision met with "shock" and "amazement" in the newsroom, according to Capital New York, Publisher Mort Zuckerman has booted editor-in-chief Kevin Convey and hired former News of the World editor Colin Myler to helm the New York Daily News. Myler, 59, will now take over the battle against the New York Post, where he worked as managing editor and executive editor for five years. He left the Post to become the mop-up editor of the News of the World as the newspaper's phone hacking scandal blew up, amid an increasingly strained relationship with the Murdoch family, notes the BBC. Myler was left without a job when Murdoch shuttered the paper.
Now might be the time for some payback. Myler was "obviously very upset at what transpired at News of the World," former Daily News editor Martin Dunn tells the Guardian. "This will be a great opportunity for him to take his journalistic skills into battle with the Murdoch family in Rupert's own backyard." After his bruising time in London, the Guardian speculates that Myler will likely view the New York showdown as little more than a "pillow fight." Myler replaces Convey, who left the Boston Herald to take over the job as editor-in-chief of the News over a year ago.