Stephen Lynch, Editor in Chief for print at the New York Post and Michelle Gotthelf, Editor in Chief for digital, will remain in their positions and report to Mr Poole.
The New York Post Group is comprised of the New York Post, the Post Digital Network (including the NYPost.com, PageSix.com and Decider.com), Post Studios and related mobile and tablet apps and social media channels.
“Keith Poole is the ideal professional to lead the expansion of the Post, whose financial fortunes have been transformed over the past two years. The Post has distinguished itself with bold and principled journalism at a time of malaise and myopia in media,” said Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp.
“The Post’s performance before and after the election has been exemplary, and it had a landmark victory over media censorship by Twitter that will resonate for decades. That vital victory also highlighted the increasing importance of the Post’s profound role in the national debate.
“I would also like to express sincere appreciation for the valuable contribution of Col Allan, who will retire (again) in early March – Col is the Dame Nellie Melba of editors.” Mr Allan, a former Editor in Chief of the Post, has been serving as a senior adviser since 2019.
“I know what Keith can do to create and satisfy huge audiences for popular publications in the UK and the US,” said Sean Giancola, Publisher and CEO of the Post. “His expertise and leadership will be an important addition to the all-star roster at the Post, where Stephen and Michelle contributed to our record results over the past two years.”
Mr Poole was named The Sun’s Deputy Editor in Chief in February, 2020, having served as its Digital Editor from January, 2016, as the newspaper was ending its subscription model.
Mr Poole joined The Sun from the Daily Mail, where he worked for more than a dozen years, including as Managing Editor of the MailOnline in New York, from 2011 to 2016. His prior experience includes time as News Editor for the Press Association and a reporter with the Evening Standard.
“I’ve always admired the bold and brash journalism of the New York Post, and to now be a part of this legendary organisation is a dream come true for a journalist like me,” said Mr Poole. “I look forward to working with Sean, Stephen and Michelle to make this year, the Post’s 220th, one which would make Alexander Hamilton a very proud founder.”
"My last five years at The Sun have been quite the experience. From riding the digital rollercoaster scaling new heights out of the paywall to the enormous privilege of editing the newspaper during the pandemic.
“Working under Editor-in-Chief Victoria Newton has not just been an inspiration and an education, but also a personal joy.
“I would like to thank everyone at The Sun for making it such a special place - I’m overawed every day by the talent, the uniqueness and the determination of those who work on the floor.
“I’d like to thank Rebekah for her unwavering support and leadership, in addition to the dozens of people across the non-editorial News UK departments who put up with me and without whom none of our achievements would have come about.”
Rebekah Brooks, CEO of News UK, said: “I am grateful for all the energy that Keith has put into his roles on The Sun and his success in skilfully growing our digital audience. Whilst he will be missed in London, I wish him the best of success in his role at the New York Post.”
Victoria Newton, Editor-in-Chief of The Sun, said: “Keith has been a tremendous support to me since I took over and I shall miss him greatly on both a professional and personal level.
“He joined The Sun as Digital editor in January 2016 and led the growing online editorial and audience teams with incredible energy and talent to become the largest digital UK news brand within two years and driving new digital revenues.
“This past year as Deputy Editor-in-Chief he has been key in the ongoing transformation of The Sun, bringing the print and digital teams together and helping create a newsroom equipped for the future.
“Whilst I shall miss him greatly, I’m delighted for Keith and I am thrilled he will still be a part of our wider company.”
Launched in November, 1801 by Alexander Hamilton, the New York Post is the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the United States.
Mr Poole will begin in his new position in early March.
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