Emily Steel is named New York Times TV industry reporter

Emily Steel is leaving the Financial Times to cover the TV industry for the New York Times. “Just thrilled about the opportunity,” she tweets. “It’s a dream job,” former Times TV-beat reporter Brian Stelter tells her.

This note went to Times staffers this morning:

May 16, 2014

Emily Steel to Join Media Desk
We are pleased to announce that Emily Steel will join The New York Times as a media reporter covering the television industry. Read more in this note from Peter Lattman, Bill Brink and Craig Hunter.

Emily Steel

Emily Steel

The cheers you’re now hearing around the newsroom are from our colleagues who once worked with Emily at The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. They had urged us to hire Emily, and having competed against her, it didn’t take much convincing.

Emily spent six years at the Journal and the last two at the FT as its media and marketing correspondent. At the Journal, she contributed several stories to the paper’s Pulitzer-finalist “End of Privacy” series about the pervasive tracking of Americans online, including her high-impact piece about privacy breaches at Facebook. Her media reporting at the FT has been topnotch, including her recent coverage of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

She will be a triple threat on this beat, with deep experience covering the traditional broadcast and cable networks; the disruptive forces in television (Netflix, Amazon, Aereo, etc.); and all facets of the advertising business.

Emily was born in Salt Lake City, spent her grade school years in Lincoln, Neb., and then moved to East Lyme, Conn., for junior high and high school. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, where she was a top editor at the Daily Tar Heel.

She starts June 16. Please help us welcome her.

— Peter, Bill and Craig

My tipster writes: “That’s five reporters the Times has taken from the FT in the last year: Alexandra Stevenson and David Gelles for Dealbook, Vanessa Friedman to lead fashion coverage, Alan Rappeport to work on a new DC project, and now Emily for Brian Stelter’s old job.”