Sasha Frere-Jones is adding some digital work to his already busy agenda. According to NYT.com’s David Carr, The New Yorker‘s music critic will become the culture editor of News Corp.’s yet-to-be released iPad newspaper, The Daily. Frere-Jones’s hiring has not been officially announced, however it has been confirmed by sources working with The Daily.
Frere-Jones has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 2004. He is best recognized for publishing “A Paler Shade of White,” a controversial column that addressed race in hip-hop and indie music. New Yorker editor David Remnick said Frere-Jones’s move is not uncommon and he expects the music expert to continue to contribute to his magazine:
“People who write here do all sorts of things — books, other writing — so he can do what he wants as long as the work here doesn’t suffer.”
Frere-Jones is the latest addition a Daily team that already has acquired Viacom’s Greg Clayman to lead business operations. Mike Nizza of AOL and The New York Times and former New York Post editor Jesse Angelo have also signed on with News Corp.’s project.
News. Corp plans to launch The Daily before the year is out. Not much other information has been revealed about the new digital paper, however Rupert Murdoch is believed to be directly involved in the venture.