Associated Press

Associated Press launches online Video Hub for digital publishers

The Associated Press (AP) has launched a Video Hub to allow faster delivery of news content to online publishers.

Though still in beta, the Video Hub will give AP’s digital customers access to world news, sport and lifestyle video.

Journalists in the field will be able to upload content via mobile, where it will then be curated and linked to relevant footage from AP’s archive.

The organisation says that the interface is “simple and intuitive” for users and includes an integration with Twitter so customers can follow a particular story then be updated when new content is available.

Associated Press to use video content from Bambuser members

Live video streaming site Bambuser has announced that its users will now be able to share newsworthy content via the Associated Press (AP).

The site already allows users to share content through Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels, and the partnership extends this to a potentially global audience – but only once AP has vetted the content.

The announcement comes as Kantar Media reveals that 35% of British internet users read user-generated content (UGC) and articles on newspaper websites, compared to 47% in Brazil, 44% in Argentina and 26% in Germany.

The AP hopes advertisers will like its new platform. They better.

Today at the Associated Press Interactive Media Summit in New York, AP
staffers were in full sales mode to display all the new offerings that the AP has for brands. And there’s a good reason for it. AP has forfeited 10% of
its revenue this year due to lost newspaper fees. And if the consortium hopes to retrieve any of that money
online, its best bet is advertising.

Due to newsroom cutbacks and budget problems nationwide, the AP has
been rolling back its fees to U.S. newspapers this year. For 2009, the
consortium has lowered the fees newspapers pay for its content by $30
million. Next year they will pull back fees by another $45 million.

The not-for-profit cooperative owned by the newspaper industry saw
revenue rise 5 percent last year to nearly $748 million. But fee cuts have AP predicting that revenues will fall both this year and next.