*CNN ends agreement with AP
*CNN launches distribution service
*To start using Reuters to supplement breaking news
NEW YORK, June 21 CNN will no longer use
pictures, articles or video from the Associated Press, the
cable news company said on Monday, moving to use more of its
own resources to cover breaking news and feature stories.
CNN President Jim Walton, in a memo to staff announcing the
decision, said that starting immediately the cable network
would be the "primary source of all content for all of our
platforms and services."
In addition, Walton said CNN had entered into a new deal
with Reuters to supplement its breaking news coverage. A
Thomson Reuters (TRI.TO) (TRI.N) spokeswoman confirmed the
arrangement, which re-establishes some ties after CNN and
Reuters ended a long-term partnership in 2007.
CNN's decision to drop AP came after the two organizations
failed to reach a new licensing agreement. It marks the latest
blow to the AP co-operative, which has angered some of its
members, including newspapers, over its fees and coverage.
"It is unfortunate that CNN's viewers will no longer have
access to the breaking news and worldwide reporting resources
of The Associated Press," AP spokesman Paul Colford said in an
CNN, owned by Time Warner (TWX.N), announced in 2008 that
it planned to distribute its own content, its first step in
pulling back from its reliance on wire services.
Walton said in Monday's memo that CNN is launching an
aggregation and distribution service called CNN Share for its
(Reporting by Jennifer Saba, editing by Paul Thomasch and