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With The Daily Done Like Digital Dinner, Nikki Finke Reminds That Was Never Her*

It was not exactly the snazziest 22 months of former Page Six scoop-meister Richard Johnson’s career. And with today’s announcement that News Corp’s iPad endeavor The Daily will officially fade to touch-screen black December 15, his tenure as west coast bureau chief is set to end with a whimper.

Adding insult to injury, Nikki Finke in her write-up this morning pours some more cold water on his biggest initial Flash splash:

In a memo to staff today, The Daily’s Jesse Angelo and Greg Clayman ridiculously boasted that despite “great original reporting, excellent design and custom interactivity… Unfortunately we have not been able to build a big enough audience fast enough to make our business model work.” (Great reporting? They posted a photo of me that was somebody else.*)

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The Daily is on Probation for Losing So Much Money

The Daily is in trouble. The New York Times reports that News Corp. is currently trying to figure out just what to do with the digital newspaper because it is losing way too much money. Sources also told the Times that other smaller ventures like The Daily are being watched/about to be given the old heave-ho.

It was only in January of last year that The Daily’s publisher, Greg Clayman, was telling everyone who would listen just how great the publication was doing. Things do change quickly, don’t they?

The Daily, introduced in early 2011, is estimated to lose about $30 million a year. That will probably make the decision a little easier.

The Daily Launches iPhone App

It has been a little over a year since The Daily launched, and today it has grown a bit more: The digital newspaper finally has an iPhone app. Non-subscribers can view a few articles each day for free, subscribers (The Daily is $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year) can obviously view it all.

“With The Daily now available on iPhones, readers will have immediate access to original editorial and news content, right in their pockets,” said Jesse Angelo, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily. Greg Clayman, its Publisher, added, ”Being accessible to readers across all platforms has always been a top priority, and we’re looking forward to broadening our presence in the mobile space.”

The app itself isn’t that intriguing, but it does make sense for The Daily to offer this convenience to its subscribers.

The Daily’s Publisher on Year One: ‘We’ve Absolutely Met Our Expectations’

Few things have been as harshly scrutinized in the last year as The Daily. Sure, “Scream 4″ was attacked for not taking advantage of the superior talents of David Arquette, and more recently Lana Del Rey has been critiqued about 4,347 times too many, but The Daily seemed to get blasted more than anything. So how is The Little Tablet Paper That Could doing now? Its Publisher, Greg Clayman, says “just fine, thank you.”

Digiday reports that The Daily has the same reach as The Detroit Free Press or The Seattle Times, with about 250,000 monthly readers and 100,000 paid subscribers. It also continues to have the support of big-time advertisers, such as IBM and BMW and has finally worked out all of its technical issues. This, according to Clayman, is all part of the plan.

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The Daily, Meet Android

Big news for Android users.

After publishing exclusively on the iPad since its February 2011 launch, The Daily is now coming to an Android near you.

This month, select Verizon Wireless Android devices will come preloaded with the tablet newspaper, which ranked as the third top grossing iPad app in 2011.

The first lucky device? The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Existing users will get the app through a software update and new customers will see the app on home screens of the tablet.  The recently announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will also offer The Daily at a later date.

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The Daily Approaches One Million Downloads

Michael Wolff might hate The Daily, but according to its Publisher, Greg Clayman, there are close to one million people who like it. Well, okay, one million downloads doesn’t mean one million people, but still, it’s a landmark achievement for the iPad newspaper.

Techcrunch reports that The Daily is doing well financially as well:

When asked by editor Erick Schonfeld whether or not the iPad app was doing well, Clayman revealed that it has been downloaded close to a million times, in the sixty days since its launch on February 2nd. ‘This puts us in the large pantheon of large news apps … We are consistently now in the top grossing apps, in the top ten or top twelve. Today we’re number three,’ Clayman said.

We patiently await Wolff’s rebuttal.

How Well Is The Daily Actually Doing?

So, people love to hate on The Daily. That whole oldest dog in South Dakota thing. The fact that reporters keep leaving it for else where. But mostly people hate on it because they think no one is reading it, and everyone likes to engage in a little bit of schadenfreude.

But just how well, or poorly, is The Daily actually doing? When it began charging on March 21, it did so amid rumors that it had only 5,000 subscribers. While publisher Greg Clayman told Ad Age that downloads numbered in the “hundreds of thousands,” he wouldn’t say how many have paid for the app, only saying that the 5,000 figure “isn’t accurate.”

Jeff Bercovici at Forbes doesn’t know how many subscriptions The Daily has sold (that number remains a mystery) but he has amassed the data on how well The Daily did during trial: the app was downloaded 500,000 times, which means that around 2.5 percent of iPad users have at least tried out The Daily. He was also told The Daily has 75,000 “regular users,” meaning 15 percent of those who downloaded it liked it enough to keep reading it at least as long as it was free. The Daily didn’t officially comment on these figures, unsurprisingly.

Let’s put this in context: Jeff Jarvis estimated that The Daily would need 750,000 subscribers at its current price of 99 cents a week to start breaking even. So, guess they have their work cut out for them.

The Daily Begins Charging Monday

FishbowlNY has always been in The Daily’s corner. We liked the hires it made and dammit, we enjoyed that story about the richest dog in South Dakota ($130 million probably buys a lot of biscuits). So we’re excited to see what happens Monday when it stops being free, and begins charging users one dollar a week to view its content.

The Daily’s Publisher, Greg Clayman, tells Ad Age that he expects it to be successful. He says that it’s the perfect app for people because it changes every day, and that its blend of serious stories with ones like the dog article are a strength:

It probably leans more toward the tabloid-y than broadsheet-y, but we want to be fun. We want to be funny. We want to be serious as well. You’re covering serious stories and breaking news and people come to you for that but they also come to you for your voice and your take on events.

Of course all this talk goes out the window Monday, when Clayman will get to find out if people really do like The Daily, or just like it now because it’s free. We’re guessing it will be fine. People pay one dollar for an app that turns an iPhone into a flashlight, and The Daily has got to be better than that.

Right?

Rupert Murdoch Unveils iPad Newspaper ‘The Daily’ At the Guggenheim

Jon Miller, Eddie Cue, Rupert Murdoch, Jesse Angelo

This morning FishbowlNY ventured to the Guggenheim Museum on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch unveiled “The Daily,” the company’s long-awaited iPad newspaper.

Joining  Murdoch on stage at the event were “Daily” editor Jesse Angelo, publisher Greg Clayman, News Corp. digital chief Jon Miller and Apple’s Eddie Cue.

We also spotted News Corp. COO Chase Carey and one of Murdoch’s sons, James Murdoch, in the crowd.

Playing around with “The Daily” you get a sense of just how much time, effort and money went into producing it. It looks slick, and the content is strong.

Murdoch says the company spent $30 million to develop it, and operational costs will run around $500,000 a week, as a result, he said the bar for “success” will be quite low.

As rumored, it will cost $0.99 a week, or $39.99 a year, with Apple’s new subscription billing system. You can try it out for free for two weeks starting today, with Verizon on board as the launch sponsor.

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New Yorker Music Critic To Join News Corp.’s iPad Paper

Sasha Frere-Jones is adding some digital work to his already busy agenda.  According to NYT.com’s David Carr, The New Yorker‘s music critic will become the culture editor of News Corp.’s yet-to-be released iPad newspaper, The Daily.  Frere-Jones’s hiring has not been officially announced, however it has been confirmed by sources working with The Daily.

Frere-Jones has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 2004.  He is best recognized for publishing “A Paler Shade of White,” a controversial column that addressed race in hip-hop and indie music.  New Yorker editor David Remnick said Frere-Jones’s move is not uncommon and he expects the music expert to continue to contribute to his magazine:

“People who write here do all sorts of things — books, other writing — so he can do what he wants as long as the work here doesn’t suffer.”

Frere-Jones is the latest addition a Daily team that already has acquired Viacom’s Greg Clayman to lead business operations.  Mike Nizza of AOL and The New York Times and former New York Post editor Jesse Angelo have also signed on with News Corp.’s project.

News. Corp plans to launch The Daily before the year is out.  Not much other information has been revealed about the new digital paper, however Rupert Murdoch is believed to be directly involved in the venture.