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.