Rupert Murdoch’s tablet newspaper isn’t dead after all

Women's Wear Daily had an extensive story this week on The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's tablet newspaper. (Do you recall the one that was supposed to have been cancelled? I guess it wasn't.) WWD don't have much in the way of technical details, but they did say that:

News Corp. has spent the last three months assembling a newsroom that will soon be about 100 staffers strong. The Daily will launch in beta mode sometime around Christmas, and will be introduced to the public on the iPad and other tablet devices in early 2011. It is expected to cost 99 cents a week, or about $4.25 a month. It will come out — as the name suggests — seven days a week. The operation is currently working out of the 26th floor of the News Corp. Building on Sixth Avenue in a space that looks like a veritable construction zone. The staff’s permanent home will be on the ninth floor, and they’ll move down once it’s ready.

Whenever I've covered the Daily in the past, I've raised my doubts about whether this is a good idea. I'm still not convinced it is.  I have dozens of free sources of daily news, more than I could possibly read in a day. Why would I want to pay for another?

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2 Comments on Rupert Murdoch’s tablet newspaper isn’t dead after all

  1. This is the iPad-only newspaper. Not Skiff or anything like that.

  2. I would gladly pay .99/week for the wall street journal on my iPad. I subscribe to various magazines (New Yorker, Scientific America, etc) and don’t complain about the subscription prices for dead tree material.

    But for the most part the stuff coming out is priced pretty bad. The New Yorker charges 4.99 for an issue and that’ s just too much for me to pay.

    At some point we will need to pay for good journalism, (I’ll leave the definition of good journalism up to the fellow readers imagination) and that’s not really a bad thing.

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