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Nine extends contract with AAP for a further two years

Nine has entered a new two-year contract with Australian Associated Press (AAP), extending its partnership after it signed up for a six-month trial in May.

AAP will service Nine Publishing’s mastheads, including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Australian Financial Review, the Brisbane Times, WAtoday and nine.com.au.

Lisa Davies

AAP’s CEO, Lisa Davies, told Mumbrella: “We’re really happy to have Nine Publishing and digital mastheads running AAP copy. They’ve used a lot of content across sports, images, courts and breaking news. An example recently was the tragic police shooting in Queensland.

“We’re delighted to have them back as full-time subscribers. It’s really important for the national newswires to support all kinds of different operations, whether they be regional and rural publications or major metro publications.”

Davies, who was the Sydney Morning Herald’s editor until October last year, was appointed head of the AAP in January this year.

At the time of signing the initial trial in May, Nine was negotiating with the union over a new agreement stall over staff requesting a 6% per annum pay increase. 

The case escalated in September, when Nine journalists at one stage voted to walk off from the job should management not return with an improved offer.

Nine later diffused the situation with an improved and final offer.

Nine, along with co-majority shareholder News Corp, opted to close the newswire service in 2020.

Months after it signed a new deal with AAP, speaking at Mumbrella Publish Conference this year, Nine managing director of publishing, James Chessell said:: “I’m not gonna lie, it gives us cover if there is industrial action.”

Asked if Nine will be looking to extend its deal at the time, he said “we’ll see, we signed a deal with them that goes for some period of time […] You’re always, you’re always evaluating it. But look, to my original point, we’ve now signed on as a customer, rather than a shareholder, so it’s a much better deal for us now.”

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