The Associated Press (AP) is considering whether it could sell news items to online clients for a short, exclusive period.
Stories could be sold to web outlets half-an-hour ahead of other customers, Tom Curley, AP chief executive, suggested at an industry event.
‘Premium priced information on certain topics’ and associated metadata and multimedia could be sold ahead of more general release, he explained.
Curley’s comments came in reaction to publishers’ ongoing concerns about the use of the content by search engines and aggregators.
The agency is also developing a new system for tracking its content online and monitoring copyright infringements.