News Corp. Considering Canceling 'The Daily'?

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the daily icon 150Back in February 2011, Apple executive Eddy Cue was on hand for the launch of The Daily, a new tablet-focused news publication from News Corp. that premiered on the iPad.

Availability of The Daily has since expanded to both Android tablets and the iPhone, but questions about the publication's viability have remained as revenues remain well below the tens of millions of dollars being pumped into it.

In a larger article from The New York Observer (via TUAW) addressing the demise of News Corp.'s Newscore newswire service, sources suggest that The Daily may also be on thin ice.

In addition, there are internal rumors that The Daily has been put “on watch.” According to a source the status of the groundbreaking iPad tabloid—which loses $30 million a year—will be reassessed after the November 6 election.

Pricing for the iPad version of The Daily is currently set at $0.99 per week or $39.99 per year via In App Subscription, with the iPhone version being offered at roughly half-price on monthly and yearly subscriptions.

Top Rated Comments

Trik Avatar
110 months ago
I thought the app worked fine...

But the content was horrible. I cancelled my subscription after their "Hillary drinks a lot" article. That was horrible.

They found pictures of her drinking alcohol over the course of a few years and made it look like she was an alcoholic. No matter what your political leanings, that was BS "journalism".
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xenotek Avatar
110 months ago
And nothing of value was lost.

I'm all for the growth of new media titles, but will always applaud the demise of bad journalism.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ibis99 Avatar
109 months ago
Lipstick on a pig

What can one say. Write trash and lies and charge a fee? I can get it for free on my local Fox station.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
scaredpoet Avatar
110 months ago
It's a real shame because the formatting and presentating of the content was absolutely beautiful. Had the content BEING presented not been so trashy, it definitely would've been worth the price tag to me.

For that reason, i really hope that this isn't seen as some bellweather for how journalism formatted for mobile devices isn't workable. It definitely is. IF what you're doing is actually journalism, and not the junk that murdoch likes to out out there as "news."

NYTimes has the other problem: good content, lackluster presentation and formatting.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
184550 Avatar
110 months ago
Pity. Could be a good publication if the editorial leadership changed hands.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kaibelf Avatar
110 months ago

But the content was horrible. I cancelled my subscription after their "Hillary drinks a lot" article. That was horrible.

They found pictures of her drinking alcohol over the course of a few years and made it look like she was an alcoholic. No matter what your political leanings, that was BS "journalism".


I couldn't agree more. The articles they provided, frankly, were insulting to my intelligence. It was like a glorified issue of Star Magazine. Shameful.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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