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Today’s the day News Corp. unveils its iPad-only news publication, The Daily. New Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch will make the announcement today in New York along side Apple’s head of Internet services, Eddy Cue. What do we know so far?
- CNN got an early look at the app. It blends multimedia content, has social media functions and even boasts crosswords and sudoku.
- Poynter has a list of some of the Daily’s 100 staffers, who have a range of broadcast and print media experience, hailing from such national media outlets as The New York Post, the Associated Press, The Atlantic and Gawker.
- News Corp. has invested about $30 million in the project, and will charge readers around 99 cents a week to access The Daily.
- It already has a Flipboard-esque competitor. Techcrunch has a sneak peak at the New York Times’ news app experiment called News.me, billed as “a social news reading app.”
- The Atlantic says new content will arrive to the app every morning with “infrequent midday updates” when necessary.
The other part of this, which is what publishers will be watching, is whatever new subscription model Apple may allow for apps in its App Store. There’s no ongoing subscription system that allows regular, automatically billed payments via the App Store. Speculation is that Apple will tweak is App Store model for publishers looking to do this very thing.
What They’re Saying
Sight unseen, media pundits are already weighing in on whether The Daily will work:
- Alan Mutter says it will work because it carries no legacy media baggage, News Corp. has deep pockets, promotion will be huge and Rupert has access to a wealth of content.
- Alan Mutter says it won’t work because it’s not free, there’s a limited market, there’s a lot of competition on the Web and it’ll be a challenge to generate enough reader interest to make the numbers work.
- Gawker/Valleywag says The Daily “is doomed” because it’s unfocused, slow, has an “extremist” business model and, well, News Corp. “sucks at the Internet.”
- An analyst with Stifel Nicolas lists his pros and cons. Among the pros are Apple’s involvement in the project and its one-of-a-kind “iPad-only” status.
I’m back on AETN’s “Arkansas Week” at 8 p.m. tonight along with the Associated Press’ Andrew DeMillo and KUAR’s Kelly MacNeil. We’ll go over the week that was at the General Assembly, including no raises for judges and lawyers, an attempt to reign in independent state agencies and redistricting. We’ll also go over the Arkansas delegation’s vote to repeal Obama health care and major news from Tyson Foods Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Got a big night ahead? Watch it right now online.
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Arkansas Business Publisher Jeff Hankins joins “Today’s THV” tonight for live coverage starting at 7 p.m. See THV2.com for continuous coverage. Updates on ArkansasBusiness.com, @ArkBusiness, @JeffHankins, @LT.
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We’ve got what’s shaping up to be an unpredictable — but fun! — Tuesday morning on “Today’s THV This Morning” tomorrow, Election Day.
Hosts Alyson Courtney and Tom Brannon will be live at Community Bakery in downtown Little Rock throughout the show. I’ll be there too, and we’ll chat with some of the state’s candidates for Congressional and state offices, as well as give some final info on all the races and what to watch for on Election Night.
So who exactly’s gonna show up early? “Today’s THV This Morning” Producer Matthew Carroll says he’s called just about everybody — particularly in the U.S. House and Senate races, along with those for the state’s Constitutional offices — and most have agreed to pop in for a final informal chat over some hot coffee and pastries. Elections and eclairs! Should be hoot.
Check it out tomorrow starting at 5 a.m. on Today’s THV to see who shows.
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Finally! It’s less than 90 hours until this long national nightmare of a mid-term election comes to hideous close. We can’t wait for the relative calm (maybe?) of Nov. 3, when everyone sleeps for a full day before gettin’ wound up for 2012.
Until then, we’ve got lots to do:
1) “Arkansas Week,” 8 p.m. tonight. I join KUAR-FM, 89.1’s Kelly MacNeil, the University of Arkansas’ Hoyt Purvis and host Steve Barnes for a final assessment of the state’s Congressional and constitutional officer races, such as they are. Remember that big exciting Senate race? Not so exciting heading into the final weekend. We look to the 1st District for any final fireworks. Also: Swepco’s 0-3 in court rulings. Check your local AETN station tonight or watch it online here.
2) “Today’s THV This Morning,” election day. Last week, I appeared on the noon show each day for a quick, final summary of all the Congressional races. On Tuesday’s “Morning” show, I’ll be live throughout the morning with some last-minute notes and maybe a guest or two.
3) Midterm Election Watch Party, the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock. I’ll be on a panel with a couple of other yahoos to give some final impressions of this year’s campaigns. We’ll also take questions from the audience and enjoy a warm bowl of bean soup before the returns start, er, returning. Fun!
4) Election Night Returns on Today’s THV and ArkansasBusiness.com. Pop up some popcorn, grab a Coke and settle in for a long night. You’ll be on the couch, we’ll be in at the parties, on the phone, online and in studio delivering the latest election night news as it happens. Arkansas Business Publisher Jeff Hankins will analyze the county-by-county returns live on Today’s THV and THV2.com, and I’ll be manning coverage for ArkansasBusiness.com.
5) The Morning After. Hankins and I will be on “Today’s THV This Morning” and “Today’s THV at Noon” to go over the results and, maybe, What It All Means.
And if this year’s elections weren’t scary enough: Happy Halloween!
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I’m among the panelists for today’s hour-long gubernatorial debate starring incumbent Mike Beebe (D), Jim Keet (R) and Jim Lendall (G). We tape the debate at 2 p.m. in Conway and it airs tonight at 8 p.m. on your local Arkansas Educational Television Network affiliate.
Also on tonight’s panel: Ron Breeding of NPR affiliate KUAR-FM and Bill Simmons of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. I haven’t seen anyone’s questions except my own, but I expect hot topics to include jobs, the economy, health care and, more than likely, state vehicles.
Each panelist gets ask two questions, so expect six questions total, plus opening and closing statements from each of the candidates.
Today’s debate is part of a series of debates airing each weeknight this week on AETN stations as well as on KUAR. Also tonight: the Lt. Governors debate between Shane Broadway (D) and Mark Darr (R), airing at 7 p.m.. And on Wednesday, Arkansas Business Editor Gwen Moritz is on the panel for the U.S. Senate debate, and Publisher Jeff Hankins will be part of Friday’s Attorney General debate.
You can see the full schedule of this week’s debates at AETN’s Web site here.
And speaking of that site, kudos to AETN for a solid multimedia Web effort. In its excellent debates section, you can see videos of each of the debates and conversations with voters.
Update: You can watch the full debate here.
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