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The Daily Gets a $3 Million Super Bowl Spotlight

The Daily got plenty of exposure last week. Now it should get even more: I’m told Rupert Murdoch’s iPad newspaper will be featured in a halftime spot during tonight’s Super Bowl broadcast.

[UPDATE: The Daily's Twitter account is now winking and nudging in this direction.]

That shouldn’t be a surprise. As I noted last week, the Daily’s marketing plan is supposed to take full advantage of all of the media properties Murdoch has at his disposal.

And handing out air time at the Super Bowl, broadcast by News Corp.’s Fox, shows just how serious Murdoch is about pushing this thing out. A 30-second spot is supposed to command something like $3 million this year. (News Corp. also owns this Web site, but I’ve yet to see Daily ads here.)

Meanwhile, I’ve only seen one Super Bowl ad preview so far. But I think this Audi/Kenny G revival is an early front-runner for best in show (thanks to Jim Fusilli).


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald