AP Suspends New Pricing Structure; Goes Back To The Drawing Board

from the let's-revisit dept

It's no secret that the Associated Press is in a bit of trouble. Since it changed its licensing structure and began competing directly with its own members, various newspapers both big and small have notified the organization that they plan to stop participating in the AP and no longer use its content (or submit content from their own papers). It took AP execs long enough, but they've now realized that something needs to change. They've suspended the new pricing structure and have said that they'll review just about everything. That's a good start, but considering the AP's general attitude that it is the sole gatekeeper and gets to unilaterally set the rules, it's going to need a pretty big attitude revamp first. The original Associated Press was designed to help newspapers by sharing resources. These days, its attitude seems more about helping the Associated Press.

In the meantime, if the AP doesn't get its act together, it's not like newspapers can't figure out other options. For example, 32 newspapers are apparently teaming up to share football content via NewsGator. This is the sort of thing that the AP was supposed to be doing before it focused on being a gatekeeper instead of an enabler.


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    Bob, Oct 24th, 2008 @ 6:39pm

    The tubes

    I get my news from the tubes now, the paper is for the can.

     

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    Mark Regan, Oct 24th, 2008 @ 6:48pm

    UPI

    Now the industry wishes they had not supported United Press International instead of letting them die. When there is competition, the parties treat each other in a more fair manner.

     

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    Mark Regan, Oct 24th, 2008 @ 6:50pm

    Correction

    Editor: Please delete the word "not" as it is a type. Editor....Editor???? What do you mean I should proofread my own typing before I hit the submit button? Oh, they fired all the editors, and now the writers have to edit their own material? Where is the union, I want to strike for higher wages.

     

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    Gunnar, Oct 24th, 2008 @ 9:26pm

    My boss is annoyed by this because next year's budget reflects the savings we expected to get from this change at AP.

     

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