CNN Stops Using AP Content

By: Mark Fitzgerald

CNN announced today that it has ceased using Associated Press content, in order to rely more on its own newsgathering.

“We will no longer use AP materials or services,” CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton wrote in a memo to staffers. “The content we offer will be distinctive, compelling and, I am proud to say, our own.”

Dropping AP was not just a cost-cutting move, Walton added, but an attempt to differentiate the all-news cable TV pioneer from other news organizations.

“It will provide consumers with the unique news and information experience they expect from CNN,” he said. “And it will make us more creative, resourceful and collaborative journalists and news professionals.”

CNN is bulking up its CNN Wires operation to get news on the air faster, Walton said. And the Time Warner unit is creating “CNN Share” to move breaking news across its television, mobile and Internet platforms, he said.

In a statement, AP said, “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.”

As it dropped AP, CNN is contracting with Reuters to “supplement” breaking news coverage, Walton said.

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