CNN Drops AP
June 21, 2010 at 12:51 PM (PT)
CNN has announced that it has dropped its subscription to ASSOCIATED PRESS content and will use its own newsgathering for CNN, CNN RADIO, and CNN.COM content, supplemented for breaking news coverage by REUTERS.
"We have been unable to reach agreement with CNN on its license to use our content," AP Director of Media Relations PAUL COLFORD told MEDIABISTRO's TVNEWSER. "It is unfortunate that CNN's viewers will no longer have access to the breaking news and worldwide reporting resources of THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, the gold standard in journalism. We will continue to provide AP news to other TV networks and tens of thousands of additional broadcast and cable outlets, as well as newspapers, websites and portals around the world."
TVNEWSER also posted a memo from CNN's JIM WALTON to the staff, saying, "Beyond the obvious business reasons for this operating shift -- the content we spend our money to create should be the content we present, and less reliance on outside sources will mean more to invest in our organization -- there are other important motivations. CNN-exclusive content will further differentiate our platforms in the media marketplace. It will provide consumers with the unique news and information experience they expect from CNN. And it will make us more creative, resourceful and collaborative journalists and news professionals."