Rupert Murdoch took a prime editor from his brash and conservative London tabloid, The Solar, and put him in command of his brash and conservative New York tabloid, The New York Submit.
Keith Poole, a 44-year-old Englishman who remade The Solar’s web site lately, began as The Submit’s newsroom chief on March 22. Since then, most individuals on the workers have but to listen to from him, two Submit workers stated.
He had lunch with Emily Smith, the longtime editor of The Submit’s gossip franchise, Web page Six, however has but to host an all-hands video name to say hiya to the workers, which has been working remotely, or ship an e-mail greeting, the 2 folks stated, talking on the situation of anonymity to disclose inside issues. For some workers members, the one proof of the brand new boss’s presence has been the addition of his title to the newsroom’s principal channel on Slack, the messaging app.
A spokeswoman for The Submit stated in an e-mail that Mr. Poole was attending to know the group in his personal method: “Keith has been assembly quite a few Submit workers in particular person, on video calls and on the cellphone (since most are working from house), and he has had lunch with different workers, not simply Emily.”
Mr. Poole successfully changed Col Allan, an Australian tabloid specialist who retired in March after greater than 40 years at Murdoch papers.
Mr. Poole has extra expertise in attracting on-line readers than his predecessor. Earlier than becoming a member of The Solar as its digital editor in 2016, he helped make The Every day Mail’s U.S. web site a must-read for followers of movie star gossip.
“At The Solar, it’s all they deal with,” stated Chris Spargo, a reporter who labored at each of Mr. Poole’s prior employers. Mr. Poole additionally sees The Every day Mail as The Submit’s principal rival, a number of folks with information of the Submit newsroom stated.
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A former colleague stated Mr. Poole doesn’t match the stereotype of the gruff, boisterous tabloid editor.
“Keith is charming and has that British wit about him,” stated David Martosko, a former U.S. political editor at The Every day Mail who’s now a senior content material government at Zenger Information. “Extra folks in our enterprise ought to undertake his collaborative enhancing fashion.”
His obligations embody not solely the now-profitable New York tabloid that Mr. Murdoch pulled out of chapter within the Nineties but additionally the bigger New York Submit Group. That features the Submit Digital Community, which is made up of the paper’s web site, a separate web site for Web page Six, the leisure web site Decider.com and the advert firm Submit Studios.
Mr. Poole, who studied at Loughborough College in England, arrived in New York after a lot of the Submit workers had been working from house for greater than a yr. At the very least eight of The Submit’s journalists have left just lately, together with the White Home correspondent Ebony Bowden and the Web page Six editorial director Maggie Coughlan.
Mr. Poole, who declined to be interviewed, labored at The Every day Mail from 2003 to 2016, spending a part of that point in New York because the managing editor of its U.S. web site, DailyMail.com. Inside two years of going to work for Mr. Murdoch at The Solar, he had reworked its web site into the most important on-line model in Britain. Final yr he was named its deputy editor in chief.
In a 2018 interview, Mr. Poole stated he targeted on 5 key areas: information, movie star, soccer, cash and ladies’s life-style. Whereas at The Solar, he met incessantly with Robert Thomson, the chief government of Mr. Murdoch’s newspaper firm, Information Corp, who was usually within the London workplace earlier than the pandemic, three folks with information of the connection stated.
Beneath Mr. Allan, The Submit specialised in movie star information and metropolis protection whereas additionally championing former President Donald J. Trump and attacking his rivals. Beneath Mr. Poole, the paper has saved its deal with celebs and liberal villains, because the April 16 entrance web page prompt. The left aspect confirmed Jennifer Lopez in a revealing costume below the headline, “Inside J-Rod’s Breakup.” On the correct, a headline blasted Democrats: “PACK RATS. Backlash as Dems attempt to take over Supreme Court docket.”