In Wednesday’s (7/8) New York Observer, John Koblin writes, “Eighteen months ago, at the Marriott Hotel on West Street in the Financial District, Rupert Murdoch had his first meeting as owner of The Wall Street Journal with the newspaper’s bureau chiefs and senior editors. Over dinner and cocktails, Mr. Murdoch started beating a drum about things he wanted to add to The Wall Street Journal—a snappier front page, an expanded Web site, a sports section and a beefed-up culture section. … Today, Mr. Murdoch has his more colorful front page, and he’s got his sports section, his expanded Web site. Next up: Culture! … Several Journal sources have confirmed … that a weekly New York–only arts-and-culture section is in the planning stages up at The Journal’s new Sixth Avenue headquarters. It’s early yet, but in the very near future, a budget will be drafted for the product, an indication that the effort is a serious one. The new section could be introduced into the newspaper early next year, according to our sources.”

Posted July 9, 2009