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Reuters America launches to meet needs of US Newsrooms
Reuters teams up with US content providers to increase domestic news offering
New York, December 14, 2010 – Thomson Reuters today announced the launch of Reuters America, a flagship domestic news, information and services offering designed to provide US publishers and broadcasters with the tools they need to increase efficiency, reduce cost and drive revenue.
Reuters America was born out of ongoing conversations and collaborations with publishers across the United States, including Tribune Company, and is designed to address the challenges the media industry faces today.
“For too long, this market was bound by a one-size-fits-all offering,” said Chris Ahearn, president of media for Thomson Reuters. “Reuters America is introducing choice and flexibility to the news industry. In today’s world, we must be more than a content provider – we need to be a partner and act as an extension of our clients’ newsroom.”
Reuters America has been developed as part of a multimillion-dollar investment in editorial content and technology to transform the way the Reuters news agency platform services its media clients around the world. The offering leverages the company’s strong foundation in international and domestic news, and introduces customized services to provide newsrooms with tailored, fit-for-purpose news solutions.
Ahead of the launch of this new offering, Tribune Company signed a multi-year deal with Reuters to provide news, photo, digital, graphics and online video services for the company’s newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, and all publishing and broadcast websites.
“Our partnership with Reuters gives us greater freedom in customizing news coverage that fits our needs. Competition increases choice, spurs innovation and makes everyone more responsive to the needs of the marketplace. We’re delighted to be working with Reuters,” said Gerould W. Kern, SVP and editor of Chicago Tribune. Mr. Kern led the efforts to develop this service on behalf of the Tribune Company.
As part of the new platform, Reuters is augmenting its investment in growing its US domestic editorial operation with key content contributors to increase coverage in areas such as entertainment and sports. The following will begin distributing content with Reuters to US media clients this year: