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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 Drops a Third of Its Staff [Update]

The bad news for The Daily continues. According to All Things D, the digital newspaper is cutting 50 of its 170 employees, nearly a third of its staff. Apparently the hardest hit will be the the editorial and sports pages, which will still carry on after the lay offs, but with minimal content.

The cutbacks come on the heels of News Corp. announcing that it was putting The Daily on probation, so this probably isn’t a good sign for its future.

As for Jesse Angelo‘s comments that anyone saying The Daily is doomed is a “hater?” Well, we can only imagine what he’s going to say now.

UPDATE:
Check after the jump for a release about the cuts from The Daily.

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Major Layoffs at The Daily

Is 18 months of ambitious deficit financing enough to determine it is no longer worth pursuing a particular online news gathering path? Some would say yes, and today, that is exactly what News Corp. has decided.

Peter Kafka of All Things Digital was first with the news. His report was soon followed by a message from editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo and a public press release:

- A total of 50 full-time employees, 29 percent of the full-time staff, will be released.

- The Sports and Opinion sections, which saw the lightest traffic, are being reorganized. Sports reporting will now be provided by content partners, like Fox Sports, while existing features like photo galleries and the ability to track favorite teams via a customizable sports page will remain. The Daily will no longer have a standalone Opinion section. Opinion pieces and editorials will appear in the news pages, clearly marked, from time to time as appropriate.

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The Daily’s Jesse Angelo Has No Time for Haters

Jesse Angelo, The Daily’s editor-in-chief, has heard all the chatter about his publication being put on probation for losing too much money. In a memo to staffers, Angelo says that everything is fine and anyone saying otherwise should be ignored:

Since before we launched, our dear friends at competing media outlets have done their best to wish us ill and gleefully ‘report’ on what they think is going on here. The truth is we have over 100,000 paying subs who are renewing their subscriptions at a 98% rate and fantastic advertisers who love our brand and keep coming back for more because they get results. Pay attention to them, not the haters.

Hopefully Angelo likes this “report” better than our previous “report,” but even if he doesn’t, we’re happy to see that he uses such hip words as “haters.” Even if it’s not 1998 anymore.

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.

Remy Stern Joins New York Post

Remy Stern, most recently with Gawker, is heading to The New York Post as a digital consultant. Stern left his spot as Gawker’s Editor-in-Chief in November and now he will be reporting to Jesse Angelo.

A spokesperson for the paper told Capital New York that Stern will “help shape the Post’s overall digital strategy going forward,” while focusing on NYPost.com.

Sasha Frere-Jones Steps Back From The Daily

Sasha Frere-Jones, the big name Culture Editor for The Daily, is stepping back from his duties to become its Editor-at-Large. Jesse Angelo, the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily, said in an internal memo that Claire Howorth, formerly the Deputy Culture Editor, would take over for Frere-Jones.

The New York Observer reports that Angelo said the reason Frere-Jones was leaving was that he wanted more flexibility.

Tom Lowry Leaves Variety for The Daily

For all of the naysaysers who say The Daily won’t make it: you’ll be saying that for a while, because it’s not giving up anytime soon. Michael Calderone at Huffington Post reports that Rupert Murdoch‘s tablet publication has nabbed Tom Lowry from Variety to be its new Business Editor. Daily editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo said in a staff memo: “Tom comes to us from Variety, where he was a senior editor, and BusinessWeek before that. He is an excellent journalist and a great guy and we’re thrilled to have him aboard.”

Calderone added, “The Daily, which hopes to build a national audience, has always had its sights set beyond the Manhattan media fishbowl.” We’re trying not to take that reference personally.

Variety’s Tom Lowry Off to The Daily

The pickup of Andrew Wallenstein in March seemed to portend a stem in the bleeding of reporters leaving Variety and its paywall.  But HuffPo’s Michael Calderone is reporting yet another staffer has been poached away by a rival publication. This time it’s New York based senior editor Tom Lowry, who’s off to The Daily to become the new business editor.

Here’s the memo from Daily editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo:

Folks,

I’m happy to announce that Tom Lowry is joining The Daily as our Business Editor. Tom comes to us from Variety, where he was a senior editor, and BusinessWeek before that. He is an excellent journalist and a great guy and we’re thrilled to have him aboard. Please give him a warm welcome when he starts July 1.

Jesse

Lowry was with Variety for little more than a year.

Steve Alperin Named Editor-At-Large At The Daily

Don’t let anyone tell you that News Corp.’s tablet newspaper The Daily isn’t shaking things up in an effort to grow its still relatively small subscriber base.

FishbowlNY has learned that Steve Alperin, currently The Daily’s managing editor for video, will be named Editor-At-Large today. In his new role Alperin will be tasked with rethinking The Daily’s video content, oversee new franchise development, create “tentpole” video programming and produce content based on the news.

“Having someone as experienced and forward-thinking as Steve taking on this newly-created role is a huge asset to The Daily,” said Daily Editor-in-Chief Jesse Angelo. “Not only has he been one of the forces behind The Daily from the very beginning, he has been involved in some of the best content we have made to date. He understands how to make great video and build a compelling framework for storytelling on a digital platform.”

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