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iPad-Only Newspaper Coming from Murdoch and Jobs?

by on November 21st, 2010

The success of the iPad has resulted in the device selling over 4 million units the last quarter. The latest rumour is that Robert Murdoch of News Corp is working with Apple and Steve Jobs to create a joint iPad newspaper–that’s only for the iPad.

This iPad newspaper is rumoured to be called the Daily and will be available at the end of this month. There is a team of people working on this in New York and reports indicate that there will be no web or print edition. All issues will be automatically pushed to your iPad and will cost 99 cents a week.

Here’s a snippet of how many journalists and talent this upcoming iPad newspaper will have:

According to the US elite fashion industry journal Women’s Wear Daily, the Murdoch-Jobs “newspaper” will be run from the 26th floor of the News Corp offices in New York, where 100 journalist have been hired, including Pete Picton, an online editor from the Sun, as one of three managing editors. The editor of the Daily has not been announced, but observers are assuming it will be Jesse Angelo, the managing editor of the New York Post and rising star in the News Corp firmament.

Angelo, who was at school with Murdoch’s son Lachlan, was formerly editor of the Post’s business section and has recruited the tabloid’s gossip columnist Richard Johnson to run the Daily’s Los Angeles bureau. Other staff include Sasha Frere-Jones, former music critic at the New Yorker, who will oversee arts and culture. News Corp’s pattern of hiring for the project suggests that video will be a major component of the new publication.

Looks like Apple is trying to change/save the newspaper industry with the iPad. Will it work? We will find out soon.

[Guardian]

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