Singleton: Associated Press ‘mad as hell’ about unpaid Web use of its content

April 7th, 2009 by admin

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The Associated Press will cut fees paid by U.S. newspapers that run its news coverage and says it will challenge websites that run its news content for free.

“We can no longer stand by and watch others walk off with our work. … We are mad as hell, and we are not going to take it anymore,” AP Chairman William Dean Singleton, CEO of Denver-based newspaper chain MediaNews Group Inc., said at the news cooperative’s annual meeting Monday in San Diego.

AP, a nonprofit news service, changed its prices because of “extraordinary financial hardship for newspapers.”

Most daily newspapers in Colorado are AP members, as are many TV and radio stations.

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