Another member of The Daily's editorial team has landed on his feet as News Corp. prepares to shut down the short-lived tablet publication.
To assist the Daily staffers in that effort, there will be an internal job fair on Dec. 19. Several of them have already landed on their feet, including editor Jesse Angelo, who has been promoted to publisher of sister title the New York Post, and veteran gossip Richard Johnson, who had left the Post to become the Daily's Hollywood bureau chief but who is also headed back to the tabloid, according to an announcement this afternoon on his Facebook page.
For those who have been saying almost since it launched that The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's tablet-only daily newsmagazine, was doomed to fail: congratulations on today's announcement that the publication is folding.
Starting Dec. 15, News Corp's iPad newspaper, The Daily, will cease publication, bringing an end to an ambitious and expensive two-year experiment in tablet publishing that ultimately failed to be a considerable driver of readers and revenue in the nascent tablet-publishing market.
One source said various Wall Street Journal editors were on-hand to assist in the teaching session. Others confirmed that Alan Murray, the Journal's deputy managing editor and executive online editor, was one of them. (The Journal, like the Post and Fox News, is owned by News Corp.)
Murdoch's tablet newspaper 'The Daily' makes it official, announces layoffs for 29 percent of its staff
50 full-time employees, or about 29 percent of the publication's full-time staff, are being let go while the sports section will begin to rely more heavily on third-party content and the opinion pages will be absorbed by the news section.(1)
Wearing a light-blue suit and striped tie, Angelo, who was tapped to edit The Daily in 2010 following a meteoric rise at fellow News Corp. publication the New York Post, was onstage in a SoHo conference center for an Internet Week New York panel.
If he was at all frustrated that his publication is "still struggling to break into the national conversation," as The New York Times suggested on The Daily's first birthday several months ago, he didn't show it.
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As we noted last week, The New York Post and The Daily are for the most part entirely segregated, though they are siblings with adjacent spaces at News Corp's Sixth Avenue headquarters. They seem, however, to share a brain. Behold the headline about the JetBlue pilot meltdown on the Post's wood today: "THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN FREAKING." And on the cover of today's Daily: "THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN FREAKING."
Looking for answers for nypost.com, Rupert Murdoch and Col Allan rely on a standby general: Jesse Angelo
Sources tell Capital that Jesse Angelo, editor-in-chief of New Corp.'s standalone "tablet tabloid" The Daily, is expected to become "more involved" in the direction of nypost.com, which has long trailed the website of rival tabloid the Daily News in user-friendliness and page-views.
"They want Jesse to steer the Post's digital strategy," said a source familiar with the inner workings of the paper.
"They've been grooming him for a long time and they trust him more and more to do things," said someone who has worked with Angelo.(1)
Yesterday, at the press launch of Rupert Murdoch's new Ipad newspaper, The Daily, held in a below-grade auditorium at the Guggenheim Museum, a reporter asked Murdoch what demographic The Daily was after. "Upmarket? Downmarket? Men? Women?"
Jesse Angelo, the young and now-dapper 37-year-old News Corp. lifer who is running The Daily, jumped in to answer. He said that when The Daily's C.E.O. first came on board he'd asked the same question, and that Murdoch had answered, "Everybody!"