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The Daily Coming To The UK By Summer

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The Daily Coming To The UK By Summer

When The Daily launched back in February, over on this side of the Atlantic we looked on enviously as the Americans got their daily dose of news, videos and interactive content.

Well it seems as if we won’t have to wait much longer to get our fingertips on The Daily as News Corp has announced it will be coming to western Europe in the first half of 2011. Jon Miller, the digital boss at News Corporation, revealed the news at a media conference today. The news comes as US users prepare to start paying for the app. The Daily has been free since launch due to a sponsorship deal with Verizon but users will now have to pay 99¢ per week to subscribe to the innovative publication. It needs to garner over 700,000 subscribers to break even.

While iPad and iPad 2 owners in Europe will welcome the extended reach of The Daily, people will not be too happy that the version available over here will be the same as the US version. Readers would have hoped that a UK or European version would have been in the offing but with $30million sunk into the initial launch, Rupert Murdoch and co will probably be looking to gauge the reaction here before going ahead with a fully-fledged European version.

While we hope there will be some tweaks of the edition when it does launch here, we’re not holding our breaths. For example sport in the US edition of The Daily focuses on baseball, American football and basketball, but we would hope to see more focus on football (or soccer), rugby or cricket in the UK edition.

Will you be subscribing to The Daily when it lands on the European shores or will the US slant on things put you off?

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March 17, 2011, 5:16 pm

I will not be subscribing. I already subscribe to a printed paper, and a weekly news magazine. The former being of the localized variant and the latter international (not necessarily American) focus.

However, I am looking forward to seeing some subscription numbers for the Daily, since it would be great if it turned out to be a viable business model. However, is 99 cents a realistic price? The New York Times costs $2, and I don't think that much is saved on printing.

Charm El Snake

March 17, 2011, 7:54 pm

I will be showing The US Daily the contempt it deserves. Rupert Murdoch can take a running jump if he thinks I'm going to pay for an American newspaper in Britain.

On the other hand, if The Daily succeeds in Britian, then maybe the Bradford Telegraph & Argus might follow suit and find new readers across the pond...


March 17, 2011, 8:25 pm

"When The Daily launched back in February, over on this side of the Atlantic we looked on enviously as the Americans got their daily dose of news, videos and interactive content."

Did we?!


March 17, 2011, 9:34 pm

I'll probably give it a go. Might be interesting to see the US take on things, though I admit I'll be more interested in the application itself.

Anything that I can use on my iPad... soon to be iPad 2 just as soon as Steve Jobs will let me line his pockets a little more!


March 18, 2011, 3:05 am

Now, why would you pay for a US paper? News is about as free as free can be on the web.


March 18, 2011, 7:00 am

Another source for US centric news. No thanks!


March 18, 2011, 12:14 pm

I won't be giving Murdoch and his nasty company a penny. Why bother when there are quality newspapers like the New York Times to give a view on United States' news?


March 18, 2011, 10:56 pm

@ Steve

Indeed, we did all agree with that. As well as us all agreeing a 25% cut to the BBC's online budget would do it a world of good. Glad we're all agreed then.


March 21, 2011, 3:55 pm

@ Wedge

New York Times is going the pay route too, only affects frequent users though:



March 21, 2011, 6:04 pm

For what it's worth, I don't think it's fair to assume the Daily isn't any good just because it's produced by News Corp - Murdoch isn't actually running the publication.

Not that I'll be subscribing; I'll stick to Al-Jazeera English and the BBC for my news.

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