NEW YORK – News Corp. and Apple have delayed the launch of the media conglomerate’s much-anticipated iPad newspaper The Daily to fix kinks in the subscription platform that it plans to employ, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
It said the launch is weeks, not months, away.
The digital paper was supposed to be unveiled Wednesday by News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and Apple CEO Steve Jobs at an event at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
“The app and the service work, it’s just getting them to talk to each other that needs more time,” a source familiar with the situation told the Journal.
Apple has been working on a way to let customers sign up for a subscription to a periodical in its iTunes store once and then get it delivered automatically to their iPad instead of requiring people to buy one issue at a time.
Rupert Murdoch will unveil News Corp.’s much-anticipated iPad newspaper onstage this month with Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, The Cutline has learned.
The two media moguls will appear together at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, according to a source familiar with preparations for the event. The launch date is expected to be Jan. 19, but that may change.
Known as The Daily, Murdoch’s iPad publication has been the talk of the media world over the past couple months, and the News Corp. chief has even dubbed it his “No. 1 most exciting project.” The hush-hush project has been taking shape at the company’s Manhattan headquarters, but it will also have staffers in Los Angeles.
Jesse Angelo left Murdoch’s New York Post, where he was second in command, to run The Daily, and former Viacom digital distribution boss Greg Clayman came aboard to run the business side. Murdoch is reportedly willing to sink $30 million into the project.