Afternoon report

Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily iPad publication is laying off nearly a third of its staff, reports Peter Kafka. Staffers will be told today that fifty of the news operation’s 170 employees will be fired.

Employees who produce the paper’s editorial page and sports coverage will be heavily hit by the layoffs, and The Daily will run skeletal versions of those sections from now on. But the cuts will affect other parts of The Daily, including its design and production staff.

UPDATE: Read The Daily editor Jesse Angelo’s note to readers.

UPDATE II: New York Observer is live-blogging the layoffs.

* The Daily lays off a third of its staff. (All Things D)
* Publisher of Murdoch’s The Daily iPad publication buys a $1.2M Brooklyn Heights co-op. (observer.com)
* Pete Thamel quits the New York Times for Sports Illustrated. (The Big Lead)
* Pulitzer-winner M.L. Elrick leaves Detroit Free Press for Fox affiliate. (Deadline Detroit) | (Crain’s)
* Joe Ricketts-funded DNAinfo.com appears to be thriving. A Chicago site will launch soon. (Capital New York)
* Sports journalist Andrew Baggarly fulfills lifelong dream by appearing on “Jeopardy.” (Medill)
* Conrad Black hints at a return to newspapers. (Yahoo News Canada)
* Possible Showtime series for The Daily Show’s “senior black correspondent.” (Washington Post)
* Morningstar CEO, Chicago private equity exec invest in Texas newspaper chain. (Chicago Tribune)
* Chicago Reader staff moves into the Sun-Times building. (Chicago Reader)
* Update of former Chicago Tribune investigative reporter Maurice Possley. (NewspaperAlum.com)
* RIP longtime Daily Breeze columnist John Bogert. (Daily Breeze) | Ex-Plain Dealer reporter Damian Guevara dies at 37. (Cleveland.com)

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