Commenting on Mr. Allan’s decision, Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corp., said: “Col Allan is one of the most outstanding editors of his generation. Col’s intelligence, insight, humor and unrelenting energy have created the New York Post that today stands as a newspaper of great influence, in print and online.”
During his editorship, the paper has also expanded its digital audience more than tenfold, to a record 31.5 million unique users in March, and expanded its national reach in the US. That success followed his tenure as editor of The Daily Telegraph in Sydney, where he built the paper into one of the most influential and successful in Australia.
Col Allan commented: “It has been an enormous privilege to edit this great paper. Journalists at The Post, from the reporters, to the sub editors, to the photographers to the columnists, are the best in the business, and I know that the paper will continue to grow in scale and influence.”
Stephen Lynch, currently Sunday editor of the New York Post, has been appointed to succeed Col Allan, beginning on May 1, 2016. Lynch will report to Jesse Angelo, publisher and chief executive of The Post.