AP’s Chief Revenue Officer on Google Deal

By: E&P Staff

Search giant Google and The Associated Press have agreed to terms for a new licensing deal that will allow the site to continue posting content from the news cooperative.

The AP said in a statement Monday that the two companies also will “work together in ways to improve discovery and distribution of news.”

Senior Vice President/Chief Revenue Officer Jane Seagrave told E&P the AP was “pleased that we’ve been able to extend and renew a long relationship with Google and get [past] any differences we’ve had.”

The deal follows negotiations that have been ongoing since January since the last contract between the parties expired. Google began to pay for AP content in 2006 after the news agency threatened to sue. 

Seagrave said the new agreement with Google “provides for some ways in which we can cooperate differently,” but said no co-newsgathering projects are in the works.

Google Senior Business Product Manager Josh Cohen said in a statement, “We look forward to future collaborations, including on ways Google and AP can work together to create a better user experience and new revenue opportunities.”

Terms of the deal — which is effective immediately — were not disclosed, nor was the duration of the new contract.

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