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Thursday, October 16, 2008

 

E&P: 'Tribune Co. Gives Notice To Drop AP'

Editor & Publisher's headline deems it a "shocker" that Los Angeles Times parent Tribune Co. has given notice of its intention to abandon the venerable Associated Press wire service:
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. He issued the following statement about it:

"We understand that in this climate a lot of newspapers are re-examining their strategies. The Associated Press will continue to work with all members of the cooperative to ensure that we are providing the most efficient, valued and essential news service for them."


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2 Comments:

Blogger Deanna Glick Lacques said...

so, how do they plan to fill the pages? that's the real story here, no?

Friday, October 17, 2008 8:04:00 AM PDT  
Blogger TJ Sullivan said...

You have to wonder, though the LA Times is pretty thin these days.

Friday, October 17, 2008 8:10:00 AM PDT  

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