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April 6, 2011

New Zealand national news agency future in doubt as Fairfax pulls out

The future of New Zealand's national news agency was thrown into doubt today when major subscriber and shareholder Fairfax Media announced it was pulling out of the cooperative, the Press Association has reported. New Zealand Press Association Chairman Michael Muir said the board of the 131-year-old agency had ordered a review to determine whether it could keep operating. A union representative said staff were told at a meeting that NZPA would be closed within six months. The details: [ Link ]... MORE
December 14, 2010

Thomson Reuters starts service for US news media

Thomson Reuters Corp has launched a news service for US publishers and broadcasters in a bid to win business from the Associated Press and CNN, the news agency has announced. The new service, Reuters America, provides text stories, photos and video by Reuters journalists for newspapers, television stations and online publishers. Newspaper publisher and broadcaster Tribune Co is its first customer. As part of the service, Reuters America also will offer sports and entertainment news from six... MORE
September 1, 2010

Vineet Jain elected PTI chairman

Vineet Jain, managing director of the Times of India group, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Press Trust of India (PTI). MP Veerendrakumar, chairman and managing director of Mathrubhumi Group, was elected vice-chairman following the 62nd Annual General Meeting of the PTI’s shareholders in New Delhi on Monday. Jain, who was vice-chairman of the board, succeeds Vijay Kumar Chopra, editor of Punjab Kesari group. Besides playing a key role in the growth of Times of India... MORE
July 13, 2010

News agencies stare each other down in shrinking German market

More than 20 years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin is taking a small step toward establishing itself as the media hub of Germany, as the country’s biggest news agency and a newly reinvigorated rival consolidate their operations in the city this summer, says a New York Times report. Yet in an echo of the Cold War divide, relations between the agencies — D.P.A, which was founded in postwar West Germany, and D.A.P.D., which traces some of its roots to the former Communist East — have turned... MORE
July 11, 2010

Tentative deal set to transform Canadian Press news service

The Canadian Press, the news service that began as a way to distribute reports from the front back to Canada during the First World War, has struck a tentative deal that will transform the 93-year-old organisation, says a The Globe and Mail report. Faced with mounting financial challenges, the organisation is proposing to convert itself to a for-profit company, from an industry co-operative. Under the arrangement, The Canadian Press would be owned by its three largest members: CTVglobemedia,... MORE
June 22, 2010

CNN ends use of AP content as contract talks stall

CNN said Monday that it's no longer using Associated Press content after the two sides could not agree on a contract extension. The AP confirmed that the two news organisations differed on terms for licensing AP stories, photos, video and other content beyond the June 30 expiration of the existing contract. CNN has been an AP customer since the cable network launched in 1980. The details: [ Link ] AP and CNN officials would not comment on why the talks broke down or how much the expiring... MORE
July 30, 2009

Associated Press to build news registry to protect content

The Associated Press (AP) will create a news registry that will tag and track all AP content online to assure compliance with terms of use. The system will register key identifying information about each piece of content that AP distributes as well as the terms of use of that content, and employ a built-in beacon to notify AP about how the content is used. "What we are building here is a way for good journalism to survive and thrive," said Dean Singleton, chairman of the AP Board of Directors... MORE
June 15, 2009

Associated Press to publish investigative news from nonprofits

Four nonprofit groups devoted to investigative journalism will have their work distributed by the Associated Press (AP), the agency announced on Saturday. The New York Times reported: [ Link ] Starting on July 1, the A.P. will deliver work by the Center for Public Integrity, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and ProPublica to the 1,500 American newspapers that are A.P. members, which will be free to publish the material. The A.P... MORE
June 4, 2009

RIA Novosti, Interfax unveil joint media project

Russian news agencies RIA Novosti and Interfax have launched a joint project set to cover important national news in around 600 regional media. The details: [ Link ] “This project is revolutionary as two rival agencies—the independent Interfax agency and the federal state RIA Novosti agency—are carrying out a joint media project for the first time,” RIA Novosti Editor-in-Chief Svetlana Mironyuk said. “This is happening because we are serious strategic players in the media market and we... MORE
December 21, 2008

Only Irish language daily in Northern Ireland to close down

Northern Ireland's only Irish language daily newspaper is closing down. West Belfast-based La Nua (New Day) will shut at the end of the year after more than two decades in production because official funding has been withdrawn, its managing director said. Mairtin O Muilleoir added that a proposal to provide a service online at reduced cost had been rejected by all-Ireland sponsoring body Foras na Gaeilge. Foras said there were not enough readers and sales figures were not high enough, according... MORE