Skip to comments.Shocker: Tribune Co. Gives Notice To Drop AP
Posted on 10/16/2008 6:02:05 PM PDT by george76
Tribune Company has given a two-year notice to the Associated Press that its daily newspapers plan to drop the news service, becoming the first major newspaper chain to do so since the recent controversy over new rates began.
Tribune, which owns nine daily papers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, joins a growing list of newspapers that have sought to end AP contracts, or given notice of that, following plans to introduce a new controversial rate structure in 2009. The notice was given earlier this week.
AP Spokesman Paul Colford confirmed the cancellation notice, but said he had no more specifics.
The notice, of course, does not mean Tribune is cutting AP immediately. The news cooperative requires the two-year notice as part of its current contracts. Negotiations may lead to the termination not moving forward.
Tribune daily papers besids the flagship in Chicago affected include The Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; The Orlando Sentinel; Red Eye of Chicago; the Hartford Courant; The Baltimore Sun; The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa.; and The Daily Press of Newport News, Va.
"I think many editors are concerned about the new financial rate model that AP has rolled out,"
(Excerpt) Read more at editorandpublisher.com ...
Excellent. Die MSM Die!
OUTSTANDING! What will they do without Associated Propagandists? /sarcasm
They are all going to contract to local news and ads only. Like small broadsheets. Free most likely, no news staff except local and police blotter. It’s happening around our area already.
Die weasels die.
Sam Zell drives a wooden stakes into the heart of the AP monster .
Is Tribune the company that just got bought by a conservative?
Drip, drip, drip.....
When there is no AP will we still not be able to post their stories?
Wow! That’s the first thing the Libune has done right since Colonel Bob died.
AP is the worst. Al-jeezeerah Press.
The Tribune doesn’t need to hire AP’s Liars when it has plenty of their own on staff.
If was the Tribune which sued to have Obama’s Senatorial opponent, Jack Ryan, divorce records unsealed allowing Zero to waltz to the Senate.
Little do they realize that if they want to, they can set up their own wire service overnight, and for very little money. Just a password protected blog, and invite a select group of other newspapers and media to join it for free.
They can even use a swap ratio: if you take news, post news. Those with too high a ratio can pay some bucks to help host the website, a tiny amount compared to a typical wire service subscription.
As long as they are reasonably credible, all kinds of news and information groups can be invited in, giving a much broader scope to the news.
I'm Melting...Oh...What a World!...."
Hah! Looks like the price of passing their agenda on is a price some aren’t willing to pay.
If they want to make money again how about TELLING THE F'N TRUTH!!
The drop is 2 years out. This is just the opening salvo in a negotiating process. As a big $$ customer AP will respond and the two will work out a pricing model somewhere between APs dreams right now and the AP being dropped.
Five of Maines daily newspapers plan to begin sharing articles and photographs next week in an effort to combine resources as newspaper revenues decline and reporting staffs shrink. ... And they can credit the story to the reporter and news organization where it originates, rather than to the AP ... Eight newspapers in Ohio this spring began sharing articles. In August, three southern Florida newspapers started swapping stories. The Florida and Ohio deals have reduced the newspapers reliance on the AP, the industrys cooperative news-gathering organization.
As Rush calls it... “The APO” and don’t tell me you don’t know what the “O” stands for!!! (grin)
Kill the AP at all newspapers!
Yes, in general terms. Sam Zell is much more conservative than the reporting or editorial staff at almost any newspaper.
Didn’t see the DMD ping for this.
AP is the problem. The MSM may make a comeback if AP is put to bed.
I’m sure Editor & Publisher’s staff is in mourning because their fellow liberals at AP are getting dropped.
We need to support an alternative news service.
If this keeps up, AP will mean Assimilated Pieces! Vanquish the enemy!
Why buy the cow when you can regurgitate DNC press releases for free?
I’ve heard they were going with AJ (Al-Jazeera). For the LA Slimes, that would make sense.
Today, I am proud to be a Chicago native!
Does it have anything to do with the direct relationship of running AP stories in your newspaper and your circulation going down at the same time?
Maybe the newspapers are getting smarter...
Zell should just cancel AP now and dare them to take him to court re contracts he didn’t sign in todays economy for fishwraps.
Hey, you lying bastard mediots at AP, you will be unemployed soon. There is not much of a job market for liars unless you are a democrat politician.
Are you still alive? I somehow thought you had died and were in the arms of Satan
“As long as they are reasonably credible, all kinds of news and information groups can be invited in, giving a much broader scope to the news.”
Yeah, they can still spike the stuff that doesn’t fit their agenda ... the way they do now. Most of the sheeple won’t know the difference ... the way they don’t now.
Newspapers have always been biased. The best you can hope for is that they aren’t all biased in the same direction. Ironically, even trying to not be biased is a bias.
But given that Sunday is America's day of secular football idolatry, let's take a quick look at the pigskin endorsements in two key swing states.
In FL, Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga has announced his plans to pack up his toys and go home if Obama wins the election, saying that he'll sell the team because of Obama's tax policies. After 15 years of plodding mediocrity under Huizenga (no Super Bowl wins, AFC Championships, or even AFC Championship Game appearances, compared to 2 Super Bowl wins, 5 AFC Championships, and 7 AFC Championship Game appearances in the 27 years prior to Huizenga), Dolphin fans are probably ready to thank Obama for ridding them of their pathetic owner. And baseball fans will remember Huizenga as the guy who dismantled two separate Florida Marlin World Series championship teams to pad his wallet. Bottom line? If an Obama presidency can get Wayne Huizenga out of the sports biz, that's change Miami sports fans can believe in.
Meanwhile, here in PA, Steelers owner Dan Rooney -- possibly the most beloved guy in the city of Pittsburgh -- is campaigning for Obama in PA and OH with Ted Strickland and Steelworkers' President Leo Gerard.
Life is good.