The Tribune Company has given notice to the Associated Press that the group’s nine daily US newspapers intend to drop the AP news service – it is the first major newspaper chain to do so since the AP announced plans for new rates.
A release from the AP said the free service will help newspapers to understand online developments, such as web traffic measurement and online advertising issues.
Reports will be sent out quarterly and are free to AP member papers as part of the agency’s new Innovation Toolkit service.
In recent weeks a host of US newspapers have served notice on their membership with the AP, as the Editors Weblog reports, most responding to recent changes in pricing by the agency.
A comment from Paul Colford, from the AP’s corporate communications department, on the BuzzMachine post said:
“We understand that The Star-Ledger and the media industry as a whole are facing difficult financial challenges and that in this environment many newspapers are experimenting with news priorities and with their presentation of news. The Associated Press has been working with all members of the cooperative, including The Star-Ledger, to determine their needs and to ensure that the AP news report retains its value to them and their readers. Member Choice, the content and pricing initiative rolled out this summer, was in fact developed as a response to member requests for simpler content and pricing options.”