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Arthur Browne Moves to Deputy Editor at Daily News

The chaos that enveloped the Daily News newsroom last week has settled a bit, leaving Arthur Browne second in command to Kevin Convey as Deputy Editor. The New York Post reports that while things have calmed down, nothing is certain for Convey because, “If Browne is the new Deputy Editor, it’s only a matter of time before Convey is gone.”

Browne has been with the paper for many years, and earned the nickname “Chucky” because of his unique ability to withstand many previous tenuous moments at the Daily News:

Browne has been one of the more resilient editors in Daily News history. He was fired once by Mort Zuckerman when the real-estate developer took over the paper in early 1993, but showed up the next day as the newly appointed editorial page editor.

That sounds more like a George to us than a Chucky.

The Daily News Shuffles Managing Editors

One way Kevin Convey, the Editor-in-Chief of The New York Daily News, is keeping the heat off of him is by issuing sweeping changes at the behest of Mort Zuckerman. According to the New York Post, early this week Convey called seven of his top editors into his office and told them that there were going to be changes on the Daily News’ masthead, and from now on there would be only three Managing Editors.

The new Managing Editors that were named in a memo Convey sent around later included Senior Executive Editor Bob Sapio, Senior Managing Editor of Digital Scott Cohen and Senior Editor of Convergence Adam Berkowitz. The odd changing of titles has led to a bit of chaos at the paper:

Since two of the editors, Sapio and Cohen, already had titles that suggested they were above the rank of managing editor, the memo was rather perplexing to insiders. Also, the inclusion of Berkowitz seemed to confirm fears throughout the newsroom among the old guard print reporters that their status was being diminished and the digital side is being given more clout. ‘There is a real battle internally between old media and new,’ said one source.

With movement at the top of the Daily News, we wouldn’t be surprised if there are a lot more changes on the way.

Rumors of Daily News Changes Circulate Again

(Via NY Daily News)

Kevin Convey, the Editor-inChief at The New York Daily News, has been under the gun since April, when word first leaked that Mort Zuckerman was feeling like making some changes.

And now, according to the New York Post, that gun is getting closer to being fired (pardon that pun): It’s being said that Convey is going to be replaced by Daily News veteran Arthur Browne, the paper’s Editorial Page Editor.

Convey lasted about seven months after the first rumor of his demise was mentioned, so maybe this is all baseless, but we’ll keep you posted.

Mort Zuckerman on News of the World Shutdown: ‘Black Day for the Newspaper Industry’

Mort Zuckerman, who owns the Daily News, went on CNBC this afternoon to talk about the shuttering of the UK’s News of the World, owned by his New York media rival Rupert Murdoch.

“I tip my hat to him for doing that,” said Zuckerman of Murdoch’s decision to fold the 168-year-old newspaper as of this Sunday. “I don’t think a lot of people would have done that. I think he just realized he had to take a decisive step to accept the responsibility for the newspaper that he owns.”

CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera asked, “Tell me you’re not reading some of this with a little bit of glee?”

“I’m not. It doesn’t do the newspaper industry any good. It doesn’t do the credibility of journalism any good,” said Zuckerman

Mort Zuckerman May Be Ready to Replace Kevin Convey at the New York Daily News

Time for some newsroom gossip!

We hear from Gawker that the troubled New York Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman may already be looking for a replacement for editor Kevin Convey, who only came on board last July after prior Daily News editor Martin Dunn abruptly left.

We also hear from Gawker that Daily News isn’t making money at the moment, that Zuckerman wasn’t happy about Convey putting Donald Trump as “Sideshow Don” on the cover (though we at FishbowlNY were thrilled!) and that the Daily News is so cheap that Adam Lisberg, the Daily News‘s City Hall bureau chief, quit because of it.

Yes, that’s a full serving of Daily News-related, anonymously-sourced gossip. We will refrain from commenting on the above, only to reiterate: we thought the “Sideshow Don” cover was a stroke of genius.

Donald Trump: “I Saved the Daily News”

What can’t The Donald do?

Sideshow Trump yesterday accused New York Daily News publisher Mort Zuckerman of “disloyalty” for his paper’s less-than-adoring coverage of his bizarre presidential run, Ben Smith at Politico reports.

“I saved the Daily News,” said Trump, “…I did them a huge favor.” This is supposedly in reference to a difficult financial period the paper went through in the 1980s and 1990s, though the details aren’t clear.

No doubt prompted by Trump’s economic use of actual facts in the past, Smith and his colleague Maggie Haberman checked it out:

But a source close to Zuckerman insisted this is “not true,” adding the fellow developer “never went to him.”

If only his birther claims would die as easily!

Update: Zuckerman told Michael Calderone at Huffington Post that he has “no idea what [Trump's] talking about” and can’t recall ever asking him for help on anything.

Changes Expected at The Daily News

If there’s one thing The New York Post likes, it’s talking about bad times at The Daily News. Keith Kelly at the Post is reporting this morning that Mort Zuckerman, owner of the Daily News, is looking to cut editorial staff because revenue from advertisers hasn’t been up to par.

Kevin Convey, the Editor-in-Chief of the Washington, D.C., bureau, is rumored to be reducing his staff today, and cuts to sections dedicated to the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn are going to be next, a source told Kelly.

For staff at the Post, a great way to start the weekend. For staff at the Daily News, it might be time to start drinking.

Charlie Gasparino Has Great First Day | NBC’s Lame Olympics | Crushin’ On Crushable | Daily News Skims Off The Top

TVNewser: He hasn’t even officially started his new gig at Fox Business News, but Charlie Gasparino got one hell of a scoop today by reporting on Tiger Woods’ return to golf.

Business Insider: NBC has yet to explain why it won’t show any of the Olympic coverage live.

WebNewser: b5Media has launched women’s site Crushable.com with our own ex-editor Amanda Ernst, Erin Carlson (formerly of BusinessInsider), and Jean Bentley.

TheStreet: Finally, some good news for Sirius XM…stocks for the satellite radio company raised above $1 for the first time in two years.

New York Post: Keith Kelly reports: Mort Zuckerman‘s Daily News isn’t exactly overflowing with extra funds. After the 401k program was slashed last year, the newest way to pinch pennies involves salary cuts for anyone getting over $110k a year. At least they still have a janitor.

Canada Gets The Finger | Newhouse Gets Fashion-Happy Feet | Media People Become Politicians, Possibly | Buzzkill

New York Post: Condé Nast publisher Si Newhouse was present with the Glamour dancers practicing in the company cafeteria for Fashion Week, and was even seen “bobbing his head” to their Lady Gaga routine. Human after all!

New York Times: Is Mort Zuckerman going to run for senator?

• FishbowlDC: Is Jake Tapper running for D.C. mayor?

Reuters: Google’s new Buzz platform is already causing some privacy issues that the company needs to address.

Daily News Continues to Trounce New York Post

postdaily22.jpgWidening its circulation lead last year by over 40,000 copies, Mort Zuckerman‘s New York Daily News is now soundly beating Rupert Murdoch‘s New York Post with a much wider margin than in September of 2008, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation. Back then, the Daily News was only leading by 4,100 copies over the Post. So what changed?

In 2006 the tense rivalry between Zuckerman and Murdoch’s publications seemed to be going to the Post, but as both papers have lost readers to the Internet and Murdoch raised the price of newsstand issues to 50 cents in 2008, the Daily News has come out the clear winner…at least in overall print consumers. That’s to say nothing of Internet readers, of which Murdoch, with his grand plans for making news aggregators pay, may learn to capitalize on before Zuckerman.

Then again, Murdoch has always made single-issue sales his bread-and-butter, and with last week’s quote from The Guardian‘s Alan Rusbridger about the Australian mogul losing his Fleet Street touch, the Daily News may be just more evidence to that point.

Read More: New York Daily News Circulation Lead Widens Over Post –Bloomberg

Previously: The Guardian‘s Editor Swipes At Pay Walls, Murdoch, Latest Newspaper Circ Numbers Show Ten Percent Drop

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