New York Post editor-in-chief Col Allan, News Corp’s longest-serving editor, announced on Thursday that he’s retiring.
Stephen Lynch, currently Sunday editor of the New York Post, has been appointed to succeed Allan. Lynch takes over on May 1 and will report to Jesse Angelo, publisher and chief executive of the Post.
Allan’s announcement comes the same day that the Post endorsed Donald Trump as the tabloid’s choice for president. He has worked for Rupert Murdoch’s company since 1974, starting with The Daily Telegraph in Sydney.
“Col Allan is one of the most outstanding editors of his generation. Col’s intelligence, insight, humor and unrelenting energy have created the New York Post that today stands as a newspaper of great influence, in print and online,” Murdoch said in a statement.
“It has been an enormous privilege to edit this great paper. Journalists at The Post, from the reporters, to the sub editors, to the photographers to the columnists, are the best in the business, and I know that the paper will continue to grow in scale and influence,” Allan said.
Allan’s replacement, Lynch, joined the Post in 2003 as a general assignment business writer before becoming features editor and then Sunday editor.
“Col has been an incredible mentor to me, and a great friend. He is one-of-a-kind, a once-in-a-lifetime colleague, and a great journalist. I speak for the entire staff when I say that he will be dearly missed,” Angelo said.
“As for Stephen, he is a brilliant editor, and I am delighted he is taking on this role. He is whip-smart, with a great sense of humor, and a great passion for the Post,” Angelo continued. “I look forward to working closely with him as we take the next step in our storied 215-year history.”