AMI Ups ‘Star’ and RadarOnline Editor David Perel to EVP of Digital Media

Exec will oversee Web development across brands

American Media Inc. veteran David Perel has added a new title to his growing list of roles at the company, which currently includes evp and managing editor of and editor in chief of Star magazine.

AMI chairman and CEO David Pecker today announced that Perel has become evp of digital content for the company. In the newly created position, Perel will oversee digital development for all of AMI’s brands. He'll continue to lead Star and RadarOnline’s editorial teams.

The news comes as AMI is making moves to transform its magazines for digital platforms. Earlier this month, it announced the launch of EnquirerPlus, an iPad version of The National Enquirer, with Perel at the helm.

Perel began his career with AMI as a reporter for the National Enquirer in 1985. He eventually became editor in chief of the title, whose 2010 Pulitzer nomination coverage of the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter scandal raised eyebrows within the traditional media establishment. Perel also oversaw the relaunch of RadarOnline in 2008 and was named editor of Star a year ago.

“We have a great opportunity to take some of America’s most well-known and loved brands and increase their digital presence as well as create new digital properties with unique and compelling content,” Perel said in a statement. “I am certain we will break ground in developing digital content that will set the agenda for what social media channels and users are talking about.”