Tribune Co., owner of The Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and several other news outlets, will not use most Associated Press content next week to test whether the financially struggling company can do without it, according to a story on the Chicago Tribune’s Web site.
Tribune Co. Experiments without AP
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Tribune said it will use some AP material such as sports statistics and stories it considers vital. The Chicago-based company said it is trying to determine whether severing ties with the news cooperative next fall is a viable option.
The company’s television stations and newspapers’ online editions will not participate in the experiment. Tribune also owns 23 TV stations, The Baltimore Sun and other dailies.
Newspapers’ print editions will rely on Tribune staff and several other news sources including Reuters, the New York Times and Global Post. Not all the sources are normally available to Tribune papers, according to the company.
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