The Daily Axes 50 Staffers, Drops Opinion Section and Outsources Sports

News Corp. Tablet Publication Reorganizes

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The Daily, News Corp.'s fledgling newspaper for tablet devices, is laying off 50 people, 29% of its full-time staff, the publication said today, confirming a report by All Things D.

Subscriber growth seems to have cooled.
Subscriber growth seems to have cooled.

The cuts will reduce The Daily's expenses but they also reinforce questions about the room for a publication whose biggest editorial point of differentiation has been its platform. The layoffs will particularly affect The Daily's sports and opinion sections, for example, which got the publication's lightest traffic even though consumers care passionately about both areas.

Sports coverage will now come from other content providers such as Fox Sports, a sibling within News Corp, but the standalone opinion section will go away entirely.

Now The Daily hopes to demonstrate that its remaining focuses are compelling enough to keep adding subscribers. Earlier in July Mr. Angelo told staff the publication had more than 100,000 paying readers, the same figure it provided six months earlier as it expanded from the iPad to Android tablets as well.

"These are important changes that will allow The Daily to be more nimble editorially and to focus on the elements that our readers have told us through their consumption that they like and want," Editor-in-Chief Jesse Angelo said in a statement Tuesday. "Unfortunately, these changes have forced us to make difficult decisions and to say goodbye to some colleagues who have worked hard to make The Daily successful."

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