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NY Post Reports on Daily News Price Hike

The Daily News is set to raise its newsstand prices this week — from 75 cents to $1.25 — and The New York Post has some feelings about that.

The front page of today’s Post features a giant sidebar illustration explaining that the News is increasing its prices by 66 percent and a suggestion to “Buck the News! Buy the Post.” There’s also a bandit-like character with a “M” on his belt that is definitely meant to represent Mort Zuckerman, the News’ publisher and owner.

We look forward to the next time the Post raises its price, if only for the Rupert Murdoch cartoon that is sure to be featured on the front of the News.

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Pretty Much Everyone is Rumored to Buy The Boston Globe

Ever since the New York Times Company announced that it was selling the Boston Globe, people have been speculating about who/what will purchase the paper.

Because the media is nothing but precise, that list has now been narrowed down to about 834 potential buyers. Below are all the ones we found mentioned, but we’ve surely missed one or 500.

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New York Daily News Headquarters Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

The New York Daily News’ headquarters, at 4 New York Plaza, were wiped out by Hurricane Sandy. According to The New York Observer, the damage was so bad that the offices — which also house US News & World Report — might be uninhabitable for a year.

“We have just leased some other space for nine months to a year just to make sure that we can keep the magazine and the newspaper going,” said Mort Zuckerman, at a real estate conference. “We suffered dramatically on the publishing side because the U.S. News and the Daily News offices were at the southernmost part of Manhattan and their offices were just destroyed.”

Luckily for the Daily News, other papers lent a helping hand to ensure that the tabloid got printed. That, said Zuckerman, shifted his perspective. “In one sense a terrible experience was in the other sense a wonderful experience,” added Zuckerman.

Forbes Lists 400 Richest (White) People in America

The economy is still in the crapper, so why don’t we celebrate that by looking at Forbes’ list of the 400 richest people in the nation? As usual, pretty much everyone on the list is white. If that surprises you, please read the following very carefully: White people own everything. It’s not fair, but it’s true.

Bill Gates leads the pack this year with a total net worth of $66 billion, followed by Warren Buffett ($46 billion) and Larry Ellison ($41 billion).

As for New York media moguls, our Mayor, Michael Bloombergcomes in at a respectable 10th, with $25 billion. Rupert Murdoch is tied for 36th with Mark Zuckerberg, at $9.4 billion. We’re pretty sure that makes them best friends, but we’re still waiting on confirmation of that.

A few others: Samuel Newhouse comes in at 46 with $7.4 billion; Donald Newhouse ranks 51st, with $6.6 billion; and Mort Zuckerman ranks 190th, with $2.4 billion.

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Former Daily News Editor Michael O’Neill Dead at 89

Michael O’Neill, the former editor of The New York Daily News, has died. The paper is reporting that O’Neill died in his sleep after a two year battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

O’Neill started at the Daily News’ Washington bureau in 1956 as a correspondent, and eventually rose to become its editor, a position he held from 1975 to 1982. Perhaps his most memorable headline was “Ford to City: Drop Dead” after Gerald Ford declared he wasn’t going to bail the city out. O’Neill also oversaw the paper’s coverage of the Son of Sam killings and the 1977 blackout.

“Mike was far ahead of his time in recognizing the importance of what today is called hyper-local content and made the Daily News a force for civic good,” said the Daily News’ Mort Zuckerman. “He superbly served the Daily News and New York. We have lost a great journalist and a wonderful man.”

A memorial service will be held for O’Neill at the Larchmont Yacht Club on June 8.

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Mort Zuckerman is Happy with Colin Myler

Among the many damning quotes featured in the British panel’s report on Rupert Murdoch and News International, there was the revelation that Colin Myler, the current New York Daily News Editor-in-Chief, was charged with misleading Parliament during his testimony. The allegations apparently didn’t bother Mort Zuckerman. Ed Pilkington, the New York correspondent for The Guardian US, tweeted that Zuckerman said Myler “is doing a great job as Editor of the Daily News.”

It makes us wonder: What, exactly, does one have to do to not be doing a good job at the Daily News? The UK panel’s claim is just the latest storm cloud to gather over Myler’s head in a very short amount of time. He has already been accused of bullying British investigators and blamed for the entire phone hacking scandal by Murdoch.

Maybe the catch is that Myler hasn’t been arrested for any of those accusations, so Zuckerman is happy with things as they are. Ah, working at The Daily News: Just don’t get thrown in jail, everything else is fair game!

New York Daily News Loses Digital Editor

Scott Cohen, the Digital Executive Editor of The New York Daily News, is leaving the paper. According to The New York Observer, Cohen is headed to Vocativ, a startup that bills itself as an “innovative news platform focused on social and political change, the economy and tech.”

It’s been an odd month for the tabloid. It started with James Dolan accusing the Daily News and Mort Zuckerman of extortion. Then, about a week later, veteran staffers Melissa Grace and Tom Zambito exited the paper. And — just yesterday — Colin Myler, the Daily News’ Editor-in-Chief, was hit with allegations that he tried to intimidate British investigators while he was editor of News of The World.

We would say that Zuckerman can’t wait for March, but we think drama will always be hovering over the paper, no matter what month it is.

Daily News EIC Under Fire for Allegedly Intimidating UK Investigators

Colin Myler, the New York Daily News’ Editor-in-Chief and former News of The World editor, is coming under fire for allegedly intimidating British investigators. The Guardian reports that while Myler was editor of News of The World, he attempted to bully officials who were investigating the paper for phone hacking.

Myler allegedly asked a group of six reporters to find whatever “dirt” they could on those probing the paper, such as if they were doing anything illegal themselves, or if they were gay. Myler testified to Parliament that the phone hacking at News of The World was the result of one rogue person, so these new allegations will certainly cast further doubt on his statements.

As a New York profile of Myler points out, this isn’t the first time he has been challenged for his methods:

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James Dolan Accuses Mort Zuckerman and New York Daily News of Extortion

If you’re a fan of media drama, you should probably sit down for this: James Dolan, Cablevision’s CEO and Madison Square Garden’s Executive Chairman, is accusing Mort Zuckerman and his paper, The New York Daily News, of extortion. Dolan claims that Zuckerman and the Daily News have engaged in a campaign of “intimidation” to effect a merger between Newsday and the Daily News. Good stuff, right?

According to the New York Post, Dolan has rejected Zuckerman’s repeated requests to combine the Daily News with Newsday, and that at one recent meeting between the two, “Mr. Zuckerman once again made his proposal, this time adding that ‘the bad press would end if we became joint owners’ (a direct quote).”

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Kevin Convey Out at The New York Daily News

The rumors that have been swirling about the fate of Kevin Convey have finally come to a screeching halt. The end result? Convey is out as Editor-in-Chief of The New York Daily News. He’s being replaced by Colin Myler, according to a memo obtained by Capital New York.

In the note, Mort Zuckerman, the paper’s Chairman and Publisher, praised Myler. “The New York Daily News is a great institution of American journalism which will only get better under the leadership of Colin,” he wrote.

You might recognize Myler’s name. He was the former editor of News of The World, and during his tenure the paper was involved in that tiny, awkward phone hacking incident.

Great hire Zuckerman!

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