News Corp calls time on The Daily

Mark Hattersley
4 December, 2012
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News. Corp is to close its digital iPad-based newspaper, The Daily, after less than two years on sale.

Rupert Murdcoh’s iPad newspaper has failed to win enough subscribers to be a viable business. According to The Guardian, the digital offering was losing US$30 million a year, and had amassed around 100,000 subscribers. This information was revealed in an open email from Editor-in-Chief Jesse Angelo.

“From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation,” said Murdoch. “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”.

It is reported that the title required five times as many customers (approximately 500,000 subscriptions) to break even. in July it was reported that the title was shedding a third of its staff.

“We will take the very best of what we have learned at The Daily and apply it to all our properties,” said Murdoch. “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.”

News. Corp has also had a troubled year in print, with its long-running News Of The World title shutting down in July 2012 following accusations that it’s journalists were hacking into people’s voicemails, including that of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

The news is also a blow to Apple, who were on hand at the launch of The Daily. “It’s incredible to believe something of this production value can be done every single day,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s Vice President of Internet Services. Clearly there is some work to be done if digital subscriptions are to be viable businesses.

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  1. Peter T. says:

    The difficulty for these on-line pay-for publications is that, since 2000 or so, we’ve been “taught” that on-line news is free. There are any number of on-line sites, including those of major newspapers, that have been freely publishing news on-line for a decade. Now, those groups want people to pay. It is going to be a massive job for them to “re-teach” the public that on-line news is no longer free, especially when there will continue to be on-line sites that offer news for free.

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