News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch and Apple head Steve Jobs will reportedly appear onstage together next week to unveil The Daily, the much anticipated iPad-only newspaper.
According to a report on Yahoo's The Cutline blog, the two CEOs will launch The Daily, News Corp's digital newspaper together at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art perhaps as soon as next Wednesday Jan. 19. The story cites a "source familiar with preparations," but could not provide an exact date. A story in Forbes earlier in the week, however, also reported a likely Jan. 19 launch date.
What makes The Daily unique, beyond similar digital news sites, is that the newspaper is exclusive to the iPad tablet and will have no print or web edition. The digital daily will cost $0.99 per issue.
Much has also been made over the significance of Rupert Murdoch heading to San Francisco near Apple's Cupertino headquarters rather than to a site closer to New York's News Corp HQ to make the announcement as an indication of which media entity has more power in the platform-and-content venture.
Part of what has made the new digital paper so hotly anticipated is the number of well-respected journalists The Daily has recruited. The masthead includes Elisabeth Eaves (N.Y. Times, Slate, and Wall St. Journal) as the opinion editor, Avi Zenilman (Politico, the New Yorker) to report on business news, and the New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones to head its culture coverage. The Daily is run by Jesse Angelo, formerly the second in command at News Corp's New York Post.
Apple too has reportededly made the launch of the iPad-only title a top priority.