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Tribune Co. tries using less AP content

Tribune Co. tries using less AP content

The Tribune Co. will next week aim to cut down on the amount of Associated Press content it uses in its papers in order to decide whether the U.S. publisher can go without content from the news cooperative.

As the company cuts costs, the experiment will hopefully indicate whether dropping the AP is a viable option next autumn, the Chicago Tribune, the publisher's flagship, reported yesterday. During the week, the publisher will use content not just from its own staff, but also from sources such as Agence France Presse, Reuters, The New York Times, the Washington Post, Bloomberg, Global Post and McClatchy newspapers. Most of these sources are not usually available to the company's newspapers, according to the Tribune's Phil Rosenthal.

Just over a year ago, the publishing company, which has declared bankruptcy, notified the AP it might end its relationship with the service. The AP requires notification two years prior to cancellation.

Last year, the Newark Star Ledger cut its AP service for a day. According to paidContent, several papers have "used the two-year cancellation window that is a stipulation of AP membership to get more favorable rates. That could be part of Tribune's move here. But it looks like Tribune really wants to see if its readership notices week without the AP as the company continues to work through its bankruptcy."


Leah McBride Mensching


2009-11-03 20:11

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