By: Joe Strupp
New York Post Publisher Ken Chandler is leaving the newspaper after three years at the helm and 29 years with its parent News Corp., the Post announced today.
Chandler will become CEO of the Natural Energy Solutions Corp., a multimedia company specializing in health-related information. News Corp. Deputy Chief Operating Officer Lachlan Murdoch will become the Post‘s publisher, sharing operational oversight with the paper’s general manager, Geoff Booth, the paper said in a statement.
“Ken has been a close and trusted colleague for nearly 30 years, and I am sad to see him leave,” News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said in the statement. “His management and editorial judgment at the Boston Herald and the New York Post have been exceptional. I wish him all the best as he moves on to a new phase in his career.”
Chandler, who could not be reached for comment, said in the statement, “I have had a wonderful journey with News Corp., and now I am looking forward to applying my experience to the field of health information.”
During Chandler’s tenure in the top business-side position, the Post has seen dramatic circulation increases, due in part to single-copy sales prices that dropped the daily newsstand rate to 25 cents and the Sunday rate to 50 cents.
Lachlan Murdoch, who did not comment on what changes, if any, he would make as publisher, echoed his father’s praise of Chandler. “Ken has overseen an extraordinary period of growth at the Post that has been unmatched by any other major metropolitan newspaper in the United States,” he said. “Circulation has risen in every six-month audit period for the past seven years. This is in no small part due to his stewardship of the paper. It has been a great privilege to work with Ken at the Post, and he will be sorely missed.”
Chandler started his career with News Corp. in the United Kingdom, and came to the United States in 1974 to help launch Star magazine. Four years later, he joined the Post as managing editor. In 1986, Rupert Murdoch appointed him editor of the Boston Herald. Chandler returned to the Post in 1993 as editor in chief after News Corp. reacquired the paper. He became publisher in 1999.
Chandler’s departure occurs just over a year after Col Allan became the Post‘s editor.