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Daily News‘ Dunn Fires Back At Post‘s Keith Kelly

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From Jared Paul Stern, Monday:

Is Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman shopping for his own ethically-challenged Brit editor to give the New York Post a run for its money? The “Spectator” column of London’s Independent on Sunday is reporting that ousted News of the World editor-in-chief Andy Coulson was recently offered the top spot at the Daily News, which is currently occupied by “limp-wristed” limey Martin Dunn.

From today’s Keith Kelly column in the Post:

It could be that time is growing short for Editor-in-Chief Martin Dunn at the helm of Mort Zuckerman‘s struggling Daily News. The Independent, a London daily, said that Andy Coulson, former News of the World editor-in-chief, was approached about the job recently, but turned it down. Dunn’s current contract expires at the end of the year, and talks about a new contract have not even begun. Nobody is expecting that they will.

From our inbox this morning:

From: Martin Dunn
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2007 9:16 AM
To: mediabistro.com
Subject: mediabistro.com: General questions, comments, or crises

Rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated. As always, Keith Kelly has one fact right — my name. It was MY call, not Mort‘s, to offer Andy Coulson an opportunity to come to New York as AN editor, not THE editor, if he wanted to. One small word, so much meaning. The rest of the Post article is, sadly, as fanciful as Keith Kelly becoming the next editor of the Wall Street Journal if Rupert succeeds in buying it.

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