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November 28, 2010 / Matt Gerardi

News Corp. Developing Digital Newspaper That Will Be Exclusive to Tablets

Rupert Murdoch is looking to extend his media empire even further with The Daily, a new digital newspaper that will be available exclusively through download on tablet devices such as Apple’s iPad. (The Guardian)

Murdoch has been staffing up the outfit which is reportedly being given a budget of $30 million and a staff of approximately 100. It is believed that Jesse Angelo, the managing editor at the New York Post, will be given the top editor position.

As for other staff, it is known that the Post’s gossip columnist, Richard Johnson, will be in charge of The Daily’s Los Angeles bureau and Sasha Frere-Jones, a music critic at The New Yorker, will head up it’s arts and culture coverage. The managing editors are Mike Nizza of AOL and The New York Times, Steve Alperin, an ABC News producer and Pete Picton, an editor at The Sun’s online division. (The Guardian, Women’s Wear Daily )

Angelo is said to be developing an editorial voice for the paper that represents “a tabloid sensibility with a broadsheet intelligence.”

It has also been reported that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been meeting with Murdoch and his team in New York to help guide development and broker talks between the media outlet and Apple engineers who are assisting in the development of the software side of The Daily. Apple is particularly interested in making sure the tech to allow daily editions to be delivered to iPads automatically is up and running at launch.

This venture represents a major shift in focus for one of the world’s largest media companies. The Daily will have no print or online edition. It will exist exclusively on tablets and will be designed to accommodate the platform.

Murdoch sees the tablet as the future of news consumption, predicting that in just a few years they will be cheap enough that most members of the family will be using one for the majority of their media consumption. The iPad has already sold four million units and is expected to move big numbers this holiday. (PC World)

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