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Wed - 13.12.2017


News Ltd.

Last week, just hours after News Limited announced it would launch iPad apps for two of its Australian tabloids, James Murdoch, CEO of News Corp. in Europe and Asia and son of News Ltd's owner Rupert Murdoch, said sales of newspaper apps were cannibalizing the print version of the dailies.

But before apps as we know them even existed, it was once thought that free websites cannibalized print newspapers. At the time, Rupert Murdoch was one of the loudest voices against free online content. Today he is putting complete paywalls around News Corp.'s UK sites, TheTimes.co.uk and SundayTimes.co.uk.

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But last week, when James Murdoch voiced his opinions on apps, he also said free websites might not really cannibalize print after all.

"The problem with the apps is they're much more directly cannibalistic of the core print product than the website," he said at the Monaco Media Forum, according to our sister publication, editorsweblog.org. "People interact with it much more like they do with the traditional product."

Reuters Blogs' Felix Salmon opined Friday that James Murdoch is likely only half right:

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-15 22:57

Rupert Murdoch's News Limited will launch next Friday iPad applications for two of its Australian tabloids, The Daily Telegraph and The Herald Sun, The Age reported today. Two other apps for The Courier-Mail and The Advertiser will follow in December.

News Ltd Chief Executive Officer John Hartigan remembered that 15 years ago newspaper websites led "to an explosion in readership," The Australian quoted. "Now a new generation of readers is eagerly consuming digital journalism on tablet devices - expanding our reach even further - and is prepared to pay for high-quality content," he said, explaining that developing iPad apps was the next logical step.

According to The Courier-Mail, the apps will be available through Apple's iTunes store and subscription will cost $7.99 a month. They will include news and videos and the content will be updated daily.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-12 21:04

News Limited has hired PricewaterhouseCoopers to value The Fiji Times for a possible sale, The Australian reported yesterday. This move comes after the June 28 order from Fiji's government that Rupert Murdoch's company must sell the publication to a local or close it entirely.

News Ltd. does not want to sell the newspaper; but because the Fijian government is ordering the sale, PwC will step in to value the business and then give advise on potential buyers. Heading the valuation team will be Jenny Seeto, based in Fiji.

"The environment is difficult but given the decree is clearly designed to force us to sell and pull out of Fiji within three months, we need to actively investigate all our options," John Hartigan, chairman and CEO of News Ltd., told The Australian.

Under the Media Industry Development Decree that went into effect June 28, media outlets must be 90 percent owned by Fijian citizens that reside in the country. Since 2006, when Fijian leader Frank Bainimarama led a military coup, the media has been struggling as the government has tightened controls and censorship.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-07-14 19:40

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