CNN may mount challenge to AP


CNN is courting newspapers — and possibly competition with the Associated Press — with a wire service that the cable network plans to launch soon.

In a letter to newspaper editors, CNN said its new CNN Wire will "provide stories of interest to your newspaper and online readers — breaking news, national, international, business, politics, consumer, medical and more. We are talking to a variety of newspapers and newspaper groups, large and small, about this project."

The letter, sent last week from Joe Middelburg, CNN Newsource Sales' vp sales and affiliate relations, adds: "We are able to maintain a strong flow of up-to-the-minute stories. We now believe we have the base to offer this service to other news organizations."

Middelburg did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Joe Strupp is a senior editor at Editor & Publisher.