Col Allan, the New York Post’s editor-in-chief, is being sent to Australia. According to a memo obtained by Capital New York, Allan is moving back to his native land to provide a helping editorial hand to the papers News Corp. owns there. Jesse Angelo, publisher of the Post, will take over Allan’s duties until he comes back in a few months.
The timing of Allan’s departure is sure to raise some eyebrows. News Corp.’s spinoff is now complete and the publication branch is starting anew, with $2.6 billion in cash. The Post is also about to relaunch its website, a big move it has been planning for quite some time.
Why send Allan off now? As Capital notes, perhaps this is the beginning of the end for Allan:
Insiders have been wondering how much longer Allan will stay on as editor, and Angelo has long been seen as heir to the editorship. He was named publisher of the Post, where he’d previously been one of Allan’s main newsroom deputies, after News Corp. last November closed down its struggling iPad publication, The Daily, of which Angelo had served as editor.
But Angelo had been consolidating power at the Post even before then, having taken on a larger role in the paper’s online strategy as early as last March.