OLD Media Moves

Murdoch's first change will be WSJ.com

July 19, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

Steven Zeitchik of Variety writes that the first change that News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch will make with Dow Jones & Co., the parent of The Wall Street Journal, is to change the newspaper’s web site.

Zeitchik wrote, “While the site has been one of the few great success stories of a print-to-Web transition for a daily newspaper, its functional Wall Street Journal onlinelayout suggests to many experts that it — and maybe even the layout of the paper itself — could be in for an overhaul.

“At the very least, observers say, look for a better combination with Dow Jones Newswires, which now shares almost no public presence with WSJ.com.

“Murdoch, of course, must still convince a hardened group of Bancrofts to sell the company. The family is skedded to meet at the offices of its attorneys on Monday.

“Opponents of the sale have said they don’t expect Murdoch to wait long before shaking up the Wall Street Journal, possibly with newsroom cuts.”

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