Prediction: Murdoch buys NY Daily News

Everyone wants to know when Rupert Murdoch is going to make his long-dreamed-about play for The New York Times. Murdoch himself denies he's plotting anything of the kind -- but could he have a different target in mind?

That's the view of Baldwin, N.Y-based media appraiser Kevin Kamen, who predicts that the News Corp. (NWS) chairman will attempt to buy the New York Daily News by the end of 2009 -- and expects him to succeed. "I believe that's something that's being looked at very seriously, although very quietly" inside News Corp., Kamen tells DailyFinance. "Obviously, I can't say it's definitely happening, but I think it's being considered by Murdoch for sure. Nobody should be surprised, although everyone will be."