Printed from http://www.electronista.com

News Corp exec confirms tablet-focused news outlet

updated 05:40 pm EST, Wed November 17, 2010

Murdoch Jr confirms iPad news title in works

News Corp's Asia-Europe head James Murdoch today acknowledged the existence of the company's long-rumored tablet news source. The son of founder Rupert Murdoch told those at a Spanish investor's conference that the outlet, informally codenamed Daily Planet, would be detailed "soon." Details weren't forthcoming other than that it would be "tablet-only" and "very exciting," although the iPad is certain to get early support.

Some clues came from the younger Murdoch's reaction to tablets. The slate fosters a "type of journalism that is really new," he said. Unlike e-paper readers, tablets have full color and more closely resemble color print. The nature of a full touchscreen also adds direct interaction with the content.

As hinted at so far, Daily Planet may have its own staff but would also rely on resources from the News Corp media empire to fill out the news. The company has recently hired a Viacom executive as its head.

Much of Rupert Murdoch's interest in tablets has come in part as a way of re-familiarizing customers with paying for news after over a decade of usually free, ad-based material on the web. The Wall Street Journal costs $4 per week for the iPad and new Android tablet app, or enough to compete with the print edition. Many News Corp-owned sites, such as the WSJ or the Times of London, either already did or have begun requiring subscriptions for full access.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features fo ...

RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 eSATA bridge

Like it or not, the shift to Thunderbolt is underway. The connection is extremely flexible, allowing for video and data to co-habitate ...

Patriot Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 drive

A vast selection of USB memory sticks means that consumers can often find exactly the size drive they need in a configuration that can ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News