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AP’s New Service Plan Keeps 50 Papers From Cancelling — But 130 Still On The Fence

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The Associated Press says that 50 newspapers, including the New York Daily News and Heartland Publications, have lifted their two-year cancellation notices. Last April, the AP revealed that around 180 news organizations had filed for cancellations. This was before it revised its proposed service plan; many newspapers were angry that the AP planned to charge more for “premium” content like columns and sports news, among other things. The revised fees and service options were clearly favorable to the 50 newspapers that lifted their notices; the AP said some members also cited the “credibility” of the co-op’s news reports as a key retention factor.

But that means there are still 130 other news organizations, including the Tribune Co., which will see if it can survive without AP content for a week, next week — that remain under notice. The AP says it “always has some members” under cancellation notice, and expects that to continue.