New AP Packaging and Pricing Plan

Oct 30, 2007

The Associated Press board of directors approved a set of resolutions today that will restructure the way AP content is packaged for newspaper members as well as the assessment formula to charge for it. The move represents the most comprehensive change in the way AP content is sold in the history of the cooperative. The new plan, called "Member Choice," will make all AP English-language breaking news text available to members--a step intended to enable them to locate significantly more news of local interest for their markets. With Member Choice, members will pay a basic assessment that gives them access to all AP state, national, and international breaking news. Using the web-based AP Exchange delivery platform, newspapers can search this broader pool of content to find the stories that are most locally meaningful to their readers. Member Choice is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2009. It affects U.S. newspapers, which are owners of the not-for-profit cooperative. Broadcast and new media customers should also benefit from these changes, although specific programs have not been finalized.