The British editor of the New York Daily News, Martin Dunn, has insisted that he has signed a new contract, following reports in a rival tabloid that Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace was being considered for a job at the paper.
According to the News Corp-owned New York Post – which dismissively refers to its rival as “The Daily Snooze” – talks between Wallace and proprietor Mort Zuckerman, have been going on for some time.
One “insider” quoted by Post media writer Keith Kelly said the negotiations have gone well beyond a simple discussion.
Dunn, a former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s Today newspaper, had recommended his old Fleet Street colleague, the Post had claimed.
The Post story suggested that although he is reputedly paid over $1 million a year, Dunn had decided to had enough of the job.
Once before, in 2005, Dunn moved up to the job of editorial director and was replaced by another Briton, Michael Cooke of the Chicago Sun-Times. But it was short-lived: after less than a year, Cooke returned to Chicago and Dunn returned to his old job.
The Post claimed that a contract had been drawn up after Wallace flew to New York last summer to meet Zuckerman and Daily News chief executive Mark Kramer. Wallace, the Post said, had misgivings and turned down the offer.
“I signed a new contract last year,” Dunn told Portfolio magazine.
“We were working on it from last September. There wasn’t a great deal of rush because I wasn’t going anywhere, anyway. So I’m definitely tied in for the next couple of years, at least, and probably longer.”
A Trinity Mirror spokesman said: “Richard Wallace is a very talented editor and we are not surprised that others can see that. However, what’s important is that Richard chose to stay because he sees a great future for the Daily Mirror.”