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The Tribune Co. May Cut Ties with The Associated Press

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The Chicago-based Tribune Company may cancel its membership with the Associated Press. The news comes a year after The AP announced a controversial new rate structure.

The Tribune company is probably the largest among several potential departures from the news wire service. The AP requires a two-year notice of any membership changes. So, the media company could leave the news cooperative in October 2010.

But the decision isn’t final, it could choose to continue its membership at any time. The company says its evaluating expenses across the board in an effort to be more efficient.

A spokesman for the AP says the company understands any papers are re-examining their strategies during lean times.

The Tribune company includes The Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times among other papers and tv stations.

I’m Tasha Flournoy, Chicago Public Radio.

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