AP Creates News Licensing Agency
February 3, 2011 at 1:20 PM (PT)
The ASSOCIATED PRESS' Board of Directors has approved the establishment of an independent news licensing agency to be launched this SUMMER. The agency, the News Licensing Group, will incorporate the present AP News Registry and will also include content from over a thousand publications. The AP announced in OCTOBER that it would create a digital rights clearinghouse for licensing news content to new digital platforms and offer data analytics to news publishers.
"This will be a game changer for news providers worldwide," said AP Pres./CEO TOM CURLEY. "It's pro-competitive and it's pro-consumer, and will be a leader in the digital information business. We'll be looking at development opportunities and seeking content commitments from publishers. We will move beyond text to photos and video and expand internationally later this year."