Originally set to be unveiled at a January 19 event at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with Steve Jobs, Rupert Murdoch's much-anticipated iPad-only newspaper, The Daily, was delayed when the Apple CEO announced an indefinite medical leave. With Vice President of Internet Services Eddy Cue taking Jobs' spot next to Murdoch, The Daily will launch Wednesday morning at New York's Guggenheim Museum.
A group of reporters have been invited to preview the newspaper at Murdoch's New York apartment tonight, where the News Corp. CEO is hosting a small cocktail party. My invite hasn't arrived, but no matter: Details are sure to "leak" and, besides, we already know a lot about The Daily. I'm not anticipating any surprises (though if there are, you'll here about them in this space).
So what do we know? We know that Murdoch, infatuated with Apple's tablet device, has reportedly invested between $20 million and $30 million of his own fortune into the project, for which about 100 journalists -- both up-and-coming talent and established voices -- have been poached from various national news organizations, including this one. Spearheaded by Jesse Angelo, formerly of the New York Post, the staff will be split between offices in New York and Los Angeles. Other names at the top of the masthead include Greg Clayman from Viacom as head of business operations; David Brinker as senior vice president of business development and operations; and Mike Nizza from The Atlantic Wire and AOL News, Steve Alperin from ABC News, and Pete Picton from The Sun as managing editors. Some of the other widely-reported names include Sasha Frere-Jones, who will continue his work as music critic at The New Yorker while overseeing The Daily's culture coverage, and Peter Ha, who previously ran Time's Techland. (Poynter's Damon Kiesow has put together the most complete list of The Daily's hires I've come across.)