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Why Rupert Murdoch’s bold bet on The Daily

The Daily was both a bold experiment and doomed from the start. It was bold from the point of view of a major media empire with little or no understanding of the web or mobile, and a lot of other media companies without Rupert Murdoch’s deep pockets were watching it closely to see whether they should jump, and if so how to proceed. But then many of the lessons that could be learned should have been obvious even before The Daily launched: don’t ignore the web, don’t make your content platform-specific (unless it is unique), and don’t put a paywall around something no one has ever seen before.

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Fox’s 8-Day Delay on Hulu Triggers Piracy Surge

It’s been a week since Fox stopped offering free access to its TV-shows the day after they air on television. The TV-studio took this drastic step in the hope of getting more people to watch their shows live and thus make more revenue. TV-viewers, however, are outraged by the decision and have massively turned to pirated sources to watch their favorite shows.

foxOne of the main motivations for people to download and stream TV-shows from unauthorized sources is availability. If fans can’t get a show through legal channels they turn to pirated alternatives.

This is one of the reasons why Hulu drastically decreased TV-show piracy in the U.S. Viewers are happy with the legal streaming option it offers them, but not all studios see that as a success.

Starting last Monday, Fox began delaying the availability of new episodes on Hulu and Fox.com for 8 days. The decision goes directly against the wishes of the public but Fox will take this disappointment as collateral damage in the hope that the delay will result in more live viewers and better deals with cable and satellite distributors.

When the plan was first announced last month we predicted that it could lead to a significant boost in online piracy of Fox shows, and this does indeed turn out to be the case.

DLD11: James Murdoch On The Daily, Paywalls, Google And Apple

How many journalists do you think you will need in the future?

Hopefully more. There needs to be an incentive to invest in journalism – I would say professional journalism is more important than ever.

It’s really the only way that you can have a true dialog in a democracy.

It will be very interesting to see exactly what kind of ‘journalism’ we find bundled into The Daily. Hopefully not the same kind of ‘journalism’ we see on Fox News.

Jon Stewart, the Advocate, on the 9/11 Health Bill – NYTimes.com

Jon Stewart, the host of the channel’s “The Daily Show,” was outraged last week about Republican efforts to block a bill that would provide more medical care to first responders to the World Trade Center terrorist attack in 2001. He called the Republican filibuster “an outrageous abdication of our responsibility to those who were most heroic on 9/11.”

Mr. Stewart was also angry about the lack of television coverage. “None of the three broadcast networks have mentioned any of this on their evening newscasts for two and a half months,” he said, seemingly trying to shame them into covering the bill. He also contrasted the Fox News Channel’s extensive coverage of the controversy over the wrongly called “9/11 mosque” with its little coverage of the first responders bill.

And it made an impression on the news media. The next day on the Fox News Channel Shepard Smith called the delays “shameful” and asked, “Are we going to leave these American heroes out there to twist in the wind?” He said Mr. Stewart had been “absolutely right” to challenge Congress on the issue.

Stewart becomes a legitimate political advocate, and Fox news commends him for it? What’s going on here?