The Daily 'to launch in next two weeks'

The Daily, an iPad-only digital ‘newspaper’ will launch within the next couple of weeks, its creator News Corp has said.

Reuters reported that News Corp’s James Murdoch said that it “should be launching in the next two weeks” at a press conference in Munich Tuesday.

The Daily, which Murdoch confirmed will cost 99 cents per week will deliver US-focused news to a subscriber’s iPad every morning. The Daily has editorial offices in Los Angeles and New York.

Murdoch said at the conference that there had been high levels of interest in The Daily from potential subscribers, though didn’t offer any firm numbers. However, he did say that subscriber numbers would be released in around six weeks’ time.

The launch of The Daily has been beset by delays, though recent reports suggest that it isn’t the app itself that has caused the delay, rather problems with a subscription model that Apple is attempting to integrate into iTunes.

It was initially rumoured that News Corp boss and Apple CEO Steve Jobs would jointly present The Daily at an event in San Francisco but this now seems highly unlikely given that Jobs is now on indefinite medical leave.

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