News Corp .said it would lay off 29% of its full-time staff at the Daily, the struggling national news publication created in early 2011 to reach a new generation of readers by taking advantage of the soaring popularity of Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer.
The media conglomerate said Tuesday that the loss of 50 of its 170 employees was part of a broader reorganization that would include a refocusing of certain aspects of its coverage.
The Sports and Opinion sections have seen the lightest readership and will be reorganized. Sports reporting is provided by Fox Sports and other content partners. The Daily will no longer have a stand-alone Opinion section, with editorials appearing in news pages and clearly marked.
News Corp.said the Daily will continue to invest in original reporting, photography and video, interactivity and information graphics.
"These are important changes that will allow The Daily to be more nimble editorially and to focus on the elements that our readers have told us through their consumption that they like and want," Editor in Chief Jesse Angelo said in a statement. "Unfortunately, these changes have forced us to make difficult decisions."