CEO hire heightens Daily News drama

N.Y. paper taps Kramer for top spot

Rival tabloid the New York Post calls it the Daily Snooze, but there’s been nothing sleepy about the Daily News lately.

On Thursday the newspaper hired New York Times circulation exec Marc Kramer as its CEO. Kramer, who once worked as general counsel for the News, partly fills a spot vacated by Fred Drasner in September 2004.

Drasner, the former CEO and co-publisher, took over the paper in 1993 with News prexy and publisher Mortimer Zuckerman, and there had been speculation since Drasner left that Zuckerman would leave the CEO spot unfilled.

The paper said that Kramer would make the daily’s Web site a priority of his tenure.

The move continues a round of musical chairs at the paper. In December, longtime News exec Les Goodstein left for News Corp., which owns the rival Post.

And earlier in the month, editor-in-chief Michael Cooke left the paper to return to his previous company, Hollinger’s Sun-Times Group in Chicago, as an exec. Reportedly, there was tension between Cooke and senior news execs at the paper. Editorial director Martin Dunn was then promoted to Cooke’s role.

The News is often the third daily in the minds of many Gotham entertainment insiders behind the Times and the Wall Street Journal, but with a circ of nearly 700,000, it ranks among the country’s top dailies. Both it and the Post have enjoyed a robust few months, capitalizing on interest in city elections and the recent transit strike.

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