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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:16 AM   #1
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News Corporation Shutting Down Digital Newspaper 'The Daily'




As part of a lengthy press release sharing details on its separation into two independent publicly traded companies, News Corporation announced that it will be shutting down its digital newspaper The Daily on December 15. The Daily launched in early 2011 at a media event hosted by Rupert Murdoch and Apple's Eddy Cue, with the iPad-focused newspaper positioned as a groundbreaking new publishing paradigm priced at just $0.99 per week.

Apple's Eddy Cue (left) and News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch at the launch of The Daily
But rumors of The Daily's potential cancelation began surfacing earlier this year as the publication continued to draw revenues well below that needed to sustain the initiative, and even a 30% cut in staff was not enough to save it.
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[E]ffective immediately, Jesse Angelo, the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Daily and long-time Executive Editor of The New York Post, will assume the role of Publisher of The New York Post. As part of a digital restructuring initiative, the company will cease standalone publication of The Daily iPad app on December 15, 2012, though the brand will live on in other channels. Technology and other assets from The Daily, including some staff, will be folded into The Post.

Mr. Murdoch said: "From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation. Unfortunately, our experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long-term. Therefore we will take the very best of what we have learned at The Daily and apply it to all our properties. Under the editorial leadership of Editor-in-Chief Col Allan and the business and digital leadership of Jesse, I know The New York Post will continue to grow and become stronger on the web, on mobile, and not least, the paper itself. I want to thank all of the journalists, digital and business professionals for the hard work they put into The Daily."
Aside from its attempts to make its mark as a new newspaper publishing model, The Daily also led the way for Apple's In App Subscription effort, allowing users to simply and easily sign up for recurring content subscriptions directly within apps and billed to their iTunes Store accounts.

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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:20 AM   #2
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Not shedding any tears over it
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 10:14 AM   #3
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Not shedding any tears over it
Same here and this is probably why it is failing, no one wants to pay for it. I think it is a good idea to have an iPad (or even tablet only) magazine/newspaper. I even kind of liked The Daily, looking past the conservative bias. I just don't see how it can make money. It's hard to justify spending money on something when its mostly readily available information from the web.

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Old Dec 3, 2012, 10:17 AM   #4
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Can't see how it will succeed while BBC exists really.

But yeah in the UK the murdoch name is pretty tarnished, especially with the whole NotW thing.

And I know friends and family in the US generally stear clear of Fox related news sources....
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:21 AM   #5
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I might have considered reading it if I wasn't immediately turned off by the terrible performance of the news "carousel" you were first presented with.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:56 AM   #6
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I might have considered reading it if I wasn't immediately turned off by the terrible performance of the news "carousel" you were first presented with.
AGREED! Its doesn't matter how great the content you are trying to deliver, if the user experience is bad, people will not use it, period.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 04:24 PM   #7
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AGREED! Its doesn't matter how great the content you are trying to deliver, if the user experience is bad, people will not use it, period.
That's not entirely true--lots of people use Android.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:21 AM   #8
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Never subscribed...oh well.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:21 AM   #9
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:28 AM   #10
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Hang on..... I think I see it...

Thumb resize.

Yep, there's your problem. A perfectly capable web browser.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:30 AM   #11
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Meanwhile, Marco Arment's The Magazine proved its financial viability after one issue. Eventually one of the traditional publishing companies will figure this out, right?
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:32 AM   #12
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I'm a subscriber, read the Daily every day, and will miss it.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:35 AM   #13
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At some point content providers need to make money. Is advertising the only way for that to happen? Some smart financial person should stop screwing around on wallstreet and figure this one out and make a bundle. Also, find someone better then Mr. Murdoch to back up your idea.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:39 AM   #14
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I subscribed for a few weeks. The content wasn't bad. App was terrible on the 1st gen iPad - laggy and crashed every few pages.

On iPad 2 it was a lot better, but still annoying that you had to sit and wait while the app downloaded new content. With Newstand it might be better now if it downloads in the background, but I guess the main issue was with the idea - I had pretty much already seen everything in the paper already, the day before because of sites like Twitter.

I did like their daily crosswords though.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 11:07 AM   #15
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I'm a subscriber, read the Daily every day, and will miss it.
Maybe I'm the minority too. But i actually like the daily. I thought it was pretty well put together and the technology was really moving forward. I will miss it.

Wasn't very hard-hitting but it was worth a look at regularly.

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Hang on..... I think I see it...

Thumb resize.

Yep, there's your problem. A perfectly capable web browser.
True. Although that doesn't help when you don't have a solid Internet connection. I still like actual news apps that download the content. I use them daily.

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I'm a little shocked at this news. ("Little" because of TheDaily's earlier money problems).

I've been a long-standing subscriber who has enjoyed the hell out of this paper and am sad to see it go. For those who think simple web pages are better, let me tell you: they're not. The Daily had a lot of great technical dyamics to it not found on most websites, one of which includes nested commenting that is far superior than any website I've seen (outside of WordPress blogs).

It was a trip.
Totally agree.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 09:16 AM   #16
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Meanwhile, Marco Arment's The Magazine proved its financial viability after one issue. Eventually one of the traditional publishing companies will figure this out, right?
Totally different things. First off I subscribe to "The Magazine" but I am not sure I will continue to... the content is very thin (average four articles that each are quite brief) and while I admire many of the "writers" (mostly bloggers in the Apple community) the actual articles are pretty weak with totally scattered topics. It may do well if only because a one or two man operation has extremely low overhead.

As for "The Daily" I subscribed to that for a bit and I don't agree with many articles this morning saying it is the web that killed it etc. What killed "The Daily" was a tabloid mindset with salacious articles written in the form of weak cliff notes to the news. The average owner of an expensive tablet who actually wants to read a newspaper on it did not want to see catchy headlines like "This is your Captain freaking!" (Jetblue pilot threatens crew) and "Lo-Down Shame!" (Lindsay Lohan news) etc. This was like selling The National Enquirer as a real newspaper it was a joke, that is why it is dying.
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Totally different things. First off I subscribe to "The Magazine" but I am not sure I will continue to... the content is very thin (average four articles that each are quite brief) and while I admire many of the "writers" (mostly bloggers in the Apple community) the actual articles are pretty weak with totally scattered topics. It may do well if only because a one or two man operation has extremely low overhead.
I agree that The Magazine's content isn't much, and it is only doing well because of very low overhead. But I like the format/design. It loads very fast, has nothing other than table of content and the articles, and is extremely easy to navigate -- doesn't have me puzzling over whether I scroll vertically or horizontally or tap the left edge to get to the next page. I wish all iPad magazines were as easy to use as The Magazine, and that other iPad magazines would hire Marco Arment to write their iOS apps for them. All iPad magazines I've tried seems to think that because they are on the iPad, they have to have multimedia content or have fancy swiping effects. But all I want is to READ THE WORDS. Multimedia and fancy swipes only get in the way. Marco understands this, and I hope more publishers see this, which is why I subscribe to The Magazine.
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Meanwhile, Marco Arment's The Magazine proved its financial viability after one issue. Eventually one of the traditional publishing companies will figure this out, right?
The problem with that example is that it's a magazine targeted to a certain niche and he's just a one man show who can just grab a few writers, have them write, and then pay them royalties. It's a side project, and it works because of the very small amount of content and very few writers.

But then for that very same price, I just got Rolling Stone, Time, and a few others (for doing a customer satisfaction survey, it was my reward from a company). They have much more articles and writers. I get this sort of price at Zinio too, sometimes even like $3 per year.

If everyone was approached to pay that kind of pricing, then these publications wouldn't be able to exist, because it's not *JUST* about writing, it's about having a desk to sit at, a computer to type on, a notebook to write notes in, it's about having the money to send your employees out to do interviews, and to afford the insurance if something happens while people are out doing these interviews. Time has about 10,000 employees. Even if 20 million people subscribed digital only, it wouldn't be very profitable due to upkeep. And that is why most magazines not only cost a lot, but also have LOTS and LOTS of advertising.
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I don't know in America, but outside of it, the name Murdoch is toxic, and nobody looking for real news would even consider anything with that name attached to it. In Britain, the only Murdoch paper with some respectability, is The Times, and that's because Murdoch keeps reminding us of how "independent" its editorship is... Personally I wouldn't touch that either.
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Meanwhile, Marco Arment's The Magazine proved its financial viability after one issue. Eventually one of the traditional publishing companies will figure this out, right?
Better content perhaps. Or name recognition

The Daily could reclaim some money if it was turned into a kind of template for others to use to build their magazines. Early on they had some hiccups with the UI but most of those were worked out so it would be a decent starting point for companies with little or no clue
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I enjoyed the content, and subscribed far longer than I thought I would. However, the celebrity gossip seemed to become a higher focus as time went on, and I can't stand that kind of stuff. That was why I dropped it. But for a long time, it was a part of my morning routine.

Good idea, just needed some tweaking.
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I have to agree with a lot of the other posters, it was a terrible first impression. You received a free month but loading the app was terribly slow and if there was any type of breaking news the app wouldn't be updated for hours after the event.

I subscribed for a few months but the typically Murdoch skew was a complete turnoff for me. I couldn't justify supporting someone who's views I'm so diametrically opposed to.
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Guess I'm one of the only ones that subscribed. I enjoyed it and the magazine like style was great. The later revisions after being updated and ditching the carousel made the app way better. It's a shame is going by the wayside.
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Yep, there's your problem. A perfectly capable web browser.
However, news is increasingly going behind a paywall. The NY Times successfully pulled it off, as did the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. Now even papers like the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel are trying it.

My guess is that the Daily, as a purely paid subscription, wasn't particularly compelling since it didn't offer as much information as the NY Times or WSJ (though at $39/year it was cheaper). The right-wing bent of Murdoch's publications probably also doesn't play well with the target audience. The Fox News crowd, who might have found the content appealing is probably also less likely to own an iPad.

That said, we certainly haven't seen the last of electronic newspapers. Maybe News Corp will emphasize the digital versions of the WSJ and Post. The former is better suited to the actual news and business crowd, while the latter is perfectly capable of satisfying the "Page 6" crowd online.
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