Col Allan, 62, will retire at the end of the month. He joined News Corp. in 1974 and rose through the ranks to become editor-in-chief of the tabloid in 2001.
It’s the end of an error at the New York Post.
Col Allan — the longest-serving editor at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. and the only one known to shuffle through the newsroom wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap — will retire at the end of the month, the newspaper said Thursday.
Allan, 62, joined Murdoch’s Australia-based operations in 1974, and rose through the ranks to become editor-in-chief of the fact-challenged New York tabloid in 2001.
The belligerent boss is known for his explosive outbursts and profanity-spewing rants. His front pages always skewed in favor of owner Rupert Murdoch’s far-right politics — and recently carried water for GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
Hours after announcing Allan’s departure, the Post published a full-throated endorsement of Trump.
The Aussie editor’s close relationship with the billionaire — which included golf trips together — sparked rumors that Allan might become his media adviser.
“It’s simply not true. Cheers,” Allan wrote in an email to The Sydney Morning Herald when asked about a possible move.
Relief was the dominant emotion among the Post’s rank and file on Thursday evening.
“People have been waiting for this day for such a long time, they never thought they’d live to see it,” one longtime staffer said.
“The door can’t hit his butt fast enough, and I know many of my colleagues feel the same way,” said another Postie.
Allan’s replacement will be Sunday editor Stephen Lynch.
Allan and the money-losing paper were hit with a discrimination lawsuit in 2009.
The suit was filed by a woman editor who was booted after protesting an Allan-approved cartoon of a slain chimpanzee that many interpreted as a reference to President Obama.
The tattered tab has also hemorrhaged as much as $ 110 million a year on Allan’s watch — in part because he refused to embrace the digital age and breaking news on its website.
In 2014, the downmarket paper had to settle a defamation lawsuit over its infamous “Bag Men” front page about the Boston Marathon bombing.
The newspaper proclaimed that the two young men on its front page were sought in relation to the 2013 crime — but its reporting was all wrong.
In 2007, the newspaper admitted that Page Six honcho Richard Johnson took $ 1,000 from Nello Balan, owner of the famed Madison Ave. eatery Nello’s — a year after the Daily News exposed rampant corruption in the gossip column.
In 2004, Allan ran a front page reporting Dick Gephardt had been picked to be Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s running mate — the same day Kerry announced John Edwards got the nod.