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AP Names Jane Seagrave Chief Revenue Officer

JANE_SEAGRAVE.jpgThe Associated Press announced today that Tom Brettington, chief revenue officer, will be retiring on March 1 after two years in the position. Senior vice president Jane Seagrave will be taking his position after the mid-year departure, though Brettington will still assist the company in digital marketing, the company said.

Seagrave began at the AP 31 years ago as a journalist, but left the company for a role as vice president at Lawyers Weekly Publications, rejoining the news wire in 2003. She also has unique qualifications for her new position: Seagrave ran the AP’s digital licensing operation for commercial image use and directed teams on those contracts the company has been negotiating with online aggregators.

So all those recent stories about the AP going after everyone from Banksy to Google News may be attributed to Seagrave’s part in the company’s stricter licensing policies.

Press release after the jump.

Previously: Google Pulls AP Stories From News Page

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AP Looks At Ways To Charge Some For Getting News Earlier

AP logo2.pngHere’s a talking point: can the Associated Press charge certain parties who want exclusive access to its content? How would such a model work?

Speaking before the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club on Tuesday, the AP’s chief executive Tom Curley mentioned that the international news collective was “considering whether to sell news stories to some online customers exclusively for a certain period, perhaps half an hour.”

Although Curley didn’t outline how these payments would be enacted or upheld, the thought has caused some discussion among members of the news media.

Yesterday, our sister blog PRNewser asked publicists how they felt about the possible move. “In a 24/7 news cycle where people can get information instantly, the AP idea seems absurd,” said Keith Trivitt, account executive at RLM Public Relations.

This is not the first time the AP revealed new methods for protecting their content and monetizing it. Earlier this year, the AP announced the development of a registry that would track and tag the AP’s content so the organization can keep track who is using — or misusing — its content around the Web.

What do you think about these new developments? Are they necessary?

And while we’re on the topic of the AP, our colleagues at Mobile Content Today interviewed the AP’s senior VP of global product development Jane Seagrave about its new pricey AP Stylebook iPhone app. The didn’t discuss the latest plan to charge for exclusive content, but it’s an interesting peek into some of the things the AP is working on and why.

Update: The AP send us this comment on Curley’s statements earlier this week:

“The Associated Press is exploring numerous opportunities on many fronts to meet the needs and challenges of the digital media era and to support our global journalism.

As discussed this week by AP President and CEO Tom Curley in Hong Kong, the AP news registry, announced in April and now in development, will greatly improve and quicken the discovery of authoritative news produced by the AP and its member news organizations and empower them to better serve their readers and customers.”

Related: AP Creates Registry To Protect Content Online

MCT Podcast With Associated Press Sr. VP Jane Seagrave

Todd Ogasawara at our sister blog MobileContentToday interviewed AP VP Jane Seagrave.

Ogasawara writes:

In Podcast 36, I speak with Jane Seagrave who is Senior Vice President of Global Product Development at the Associated Press (AP). Here’s what you can find in this 21 minute 31 second podcast conversation:

- Discussion of the AP’s recently released AP Stylebook iPhone app’s high price ($28.99 compared to $18.95 for the paper version which is available for $12.89 from Amazon)
- The state of AP’s mobile friendly website (apnews.com) and free iPhone Mobile News app.
- Slightly off-topic but of personal interest to me: What is the situation for bloggers citing AP news reports? Will armies of lawyers descend on a blogger who directly links to an AP news story? Listen to the blog to hear the answer.

McClatchy Dailies Join AP’s Mobile News Network

mcclatchy.jpgNewspaper publisher McClatchy Co. announced today that all 30 of its daily newspapers have joined the Associated Press‘s mobile news network.

“Mobile is a key component of McClatchy’s overall digital strategy,” said Christian Hendricks, McClatchy’s vice president, interactive media in the announcement today. “Adding all our websites to AP Mobile makes it easier for consumers to access our local news and helps expand overall readership in our newspapers’ markets.”

Two McClatchy papers, The Miami Herald and The Sacramento Bee, joined AP Mobile last year. The company’s Miami-based Spanish-language paper El Nuevo Herald, is also already a member of the network, becoming the first Spanish-language paper to be featured on the U.S.-Spanish section of AP Mobile.

Now, McClatchy’s other daily papers, including The Charlotte Observer, The Kansas City Star and The Anchorage Daily News, will be joining as well.

“The addition of McClatchy’s full network of newspapers further enriches AP Mobile’s wealth of local news coverage,” said AP’s senior VP of global product development Jane Seagrave. “No other mobile news services combines so many original sources of credible, breaking news in a single, easy-to-navigate application.”

Hopefully, the deal will help fortify McClatchy, which has been struggling with debt restructuring and layoffs this year. It certainly can’t hurt, especially as the AP works to develop new ways to protect its content online.

Earlier: McClatchy Hopes To Buy Time By Amending Debt Agreements