Friday, August 13, 2010

Murdoch's now circling USA Today even closer; his new national digital paper is for iPad, other devices

From the top of a Los Angeles Times story today:

News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch is embarking on an ambitious plan for a new national digital newspaper to be distributed exclusively as paid content for tablet computers such as Apple's iPad and mobile phones.

The initiative, which would directly compete with The New York Times, USA Today and other national publications, is the latest attempt by a major media organization to harness sexy new devices to reach readers who increasingly consume their news on the go. The development underscores how the iPad is transforming the reading habits of consumers much like the iPod changed how people listen to music.


  1. Competition is good. I'm eager to see how this unfolds. USA Today's apps aren't the only ones I use, I'll say that.....

  2. Murdoch is going to eat Gannett alive.

  3. You lemmings are so funny. News Corp has laid many employees off but just like the chubby former leader of digital you anoint him as se savior. You have no sense of balance or perspective.

  4. No one is anointing Murdoch as a savior. Personally, I think he's an asshole. It's shockingly clear, though, that he identifies markets of opportunity and goes after them wholeheartedly, which is 180 degrees from the GCI approach.

  5. The bottom line is that Gannett does everything on the cheap except compensating its execs.

    It's pretty clear by the company's inability to hire a digital czar that management is in disarray, and no one wants to fall into that snake pit.

    No cheers for Murdoch from this corner, but he's playing hardball and Gannett's chiefs aren't even close to his league.

  6. I am wondering, who has the biggest ego, Al or Rupert?


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