Former News of the World Editor Colin Myler Named Daily News’ Editor-in-Chief

Myler oversaw the shuttered U.K. tabloid during the worst of its phone hacking scandal

Apparently, there is life after the News of the World. 

New York Daily News owner and publisher Mort Zuckerman has tapped the now defunct U.K. tabloid's final editor Colin Myler to be his new editor-in-chief, according to a leaked memo obtained by Capital.

He will replace Kevin Convey.

Myler oversaw the News of the World while the scandal sheet was rocked by allegations of illegal phone hacking. He presided over the paper from 2007 until last July, when the paper was shut down. 

Myler initially toed the company line and ascribed the hacking of celebrities, the Royal Family and the families of murder victims as limited to one rogue reporter. 

Last month, he apologized to the Press Complaints Commission for not giving a "full and frank answer" to questions about the extent of the hacking. He, along with former News International legal counsel Tom Crone, accused News Corp. Deputy COO James Murdoch of misleading Parliament in his July testimony.

"I am immensely proud and honored to be leading one of America's great newspapers into a new era," Myler said in the memo. 

A spokeswoman for the Daily News did not immediately respond to requests for comment. 

Although Myler is best known for his work across the pond, he has previous experience with New York City's pitched tabloid rivalry. He spent five years from December 2001 until January 2007 as managing editor and executive editor of the Daily News' old foe, the New York Post, owned by, you guessed it, Rupert Murdoch.