Former ABC News Chief David Westin Named President/CEO Of News Licensing Group
April 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM (PT)
Former ABC NEWS President DAVID WESTIN has joined the NEWS LICENSING GROUP, the independent digital rights organization being founded by a group headed by the ASSOCIATED PRESS and other news organizations to be announced later to offer content and data from AP and over 1,000 digital publications for licensing, as President and CEO.
"I said in FEBRUARY that the NEWS LICENSING GROUP will be a game changer for news providers worldwide, and we have in DAVID WESTIN the right person, respected throughout the news and entertainment industry, to ensure that this happens," said TOM CURLEY, president and CEO of the AP. "The new organization will begin operations under his leadership with strong media industry support and DAVID's exceptional entrepreneurial leadership."
"The Internet and mobile platforms offer a wonderful opportunity to ensure that people have access to all the information they want, when they want it," said WESTIN. "News providers will need to work with digital distributors to make sure that this new world works for everyone -- for the news organizations, for the distributors and ultimately for the public. This is the mission of the NEWS LICENSING GROUP. It is an exciting moment for the news industry, and I'm honored to be part of it."
"The board felt strongly that the AP, a news cooperative, was uniquely positioned to lead the industry on digital communications by launching the News Licensing Group," said MEDIANEWS GROUP CEO DEAN SINGLETON. "I'm thrilled that DAVID WESTIN has embraced the great opportunity that this exciting, new initiative offers the news industry."
WESTIN is also retiring from the AP board of directors, along with TRIBUNE Chairman SAM ZELL, PIONEER NEWSPAPERS' DAVID LORD, and GATEHOUSE MEDIA's MIKE REED. THE OKLAHOMAN Publisher DAVID THOMPSON and DOW JONES CEO LES HINTON are joining the board for three-year terms.
AP VP and General Counsel SRINANDAN KASI is moving from the AP to the new entity as COO and EVP.