In February 2011, Jesse Angelo became the founding editor of News Corp.’s iPad-dedicated news app, The Daily. In December 2012, Rupert Murdoch praised Mr. Angelo’s product as “a bold experiment in digital publishing” and “an amazing vehicle for innovation.”
Then he shut it down.
The first app-only news source was clearly a gamble, with a significant risk of failure regardless of the efforts of its launchers. Mr. Murdoch obviously agreed, kicking Mr. Angelo upstairs into the position of publisher of The New York Post.
Mr. Angelo may possess the perfect combo of 19th- and 21st-century virtues to guide the Post through the digital age. He was school chums with Murdoch’s son James (kindergarten and/or Harvard, according to different reports), is a disciple of Post EIC Col Allan, can smoke and drink and work around the clock like a Damon Runyon-created city editor, and has more experience than anybody on the mobile-publishing digital frontier.
If we were making up a biography for the Post’s new publisher, we’d add in that his family is friends with Michael Eisner, his dad runs a successful hedge fund and his mother wrote the theme song to Cheers. But those are all taken from Mr. Angelo’s actual life.