OLD Media Moves

Technical snags could delay rollout of WSJ's NY edition

January 27, 2010

Richard Perez-Pena reports for Thursday’s New York Times that technical issues could delay the launch of The Wall Street Journal‘s New York edition.

Perez-Pena writes, “The new version of The Journal, with an added section of New York reporting, is supposed to start in April with a staff of about three dozen and a focus on local politics and cultural news.

“At the same time, Mr. Murdoch’s News Corporation is upgrading The New York Post’s printing plant in the South Bronx so that it can print The Journal and The Post. The Journal plans to close its plant in South Brunswick, N.J.

“But refitting The Post’s presses has run into repeated delays, according to people at the News Corporation and other publishing companies, who were given anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. To accelerate the work, News Corporation wants to outsource some of The Post’s printing, as many as 125,000 copies a day, for at least two months.

“An obvious candidate is New York City’s other major tabloid, The Daily News, whose printing plant in Jersey City has ample capacity and some of the newest, most advanced presses in the country. But after being approached through an intermediary, The Daily News rejected the idea of helping its rival.”

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