AAP Newswire to close
Australian Associated Press (AAP), the newswire founded by Sir Keith Murdoch in 1935, will be closing on 26th June 2020. The closure impacts approximately 180 staff members.
AAP's Newswire is used by hundreds of newsrooms around Australia as a source of news and information where they are unable to cover the story themselves. The organisation also operates Pagemasters, a sub-editing, listings and imaging business, AAP Studio, Medianet, Mediaverse and Megaform, which supplies racing data to form guides and websites.
The closure impacts all offices, though Medianet and Mediaverse will be put up for sale.
The closure follows several rounds of restructures and redundancies to help the organisation face a new competitive environment. AAP closed its New Zealand Newswire in April 2018.
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