Yet another prominent old media icon is heading online. Feared New York Post gossip columnist Richard Johnson, who has edited the Post’s “Page Six”for the past 25 years, is leaving the Post and heading to Los Angeles. Johnson is moving west to head up a new digital venture for News Corp., the Post’s parent company run by Rupert Murdoch.
As Politico’s Ben Smith notes: “Johnson’s departure from the tabloid is a huge blow to the Post, and suggests that the company is willing to poach from its vibrant, money-losing tabloid for the new digital site.”
In the same piece, Smith also reminds us Johnson “has the dubious distinction of having essentially created Paris Hilton.”
Hooray! Just imagine the fame-hungry socialites he can dig up in LA! Pseudo-celebrity sex tapes here we come! Welcome Mr. Johnson…er…Richard Johnson that is.