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AP folds? Agrees to change membership structure, pricing

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Jim_Carty, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. Jim_Carty

    Jim_Carty Member

    A bit of good news in this tough newspaper environment, IMO:


  2. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    How is this good news, except perhaps in the extreme short term? Less revenue for AP equals less news coverage. The money has to come from somewhere.
  3. Jim_Carty

    Jim_Carty Member

    AP's revenue has grown significantly over the past 10 years thanks to new clients on the Net. If you've been following the recent controversy, their new rate plans were forcing newspapers to pay more for the same content they used to be getting for less.

    This essentially will go back to the status quo that was in place a few years ago.
  4. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    frank, you hit the nail on the head.

    AP will find a way to get this money back.
  5. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    yeah, by charging Yahoo! and the other online outlets more.
    As they should.
    AP is a coop, if buyers aren't contributing to the wire, AP should charge them more.

    I also think that the more you contribute, the less you should pay. Instead of getting the Twain Award or some nonsense, cut papers a break the more that goes in.
  6. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    the AP isn't going to charge these people more. that'd be a slap in the face to the world wide leader.
  7. Jim_Carty

    Jim_Carty Member

    A friend at the AP says more than 100 papers filed notices of cancellation since the new rate structure became official, and the number was growing monthly.

    Obviously the AP had a choice, and they are choosing to meet their members needs by cutting the price. Yes, I think they'll charge the Net users more.
  8. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    believe it when i see it. too progressive.
  9. PHINJ

    PHINJ Active Member

    We got rid of AP...and we're in the same building with them. I say good riddance.
  10. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Seems like AP should hook up with Reuters, Bloomberg and the WashPo and NYT syndicates in an OPEC like consortium for the Internets. Set the price for news, as news demand grows, jack the price up, as it slackens, ease the price. News should be treated as what it is, a commodity.
  11. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    You mean like... collusion in a trust, right?
  12. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Now some AP employees are waiting to see who among them gets axed.
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