APCOM: exclusive agreement for Italy renewed with Associated Press

06/27/2006 - 00:00 PM

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TM News, the Telecom Italia Media Group wire agency trading under the APCOM brand name, has renewed its exclusive contract with Associated Press (AP) for Italy for a further five years. AP is the world’s largest wire agency, with more than 242 bureaus staffed by 3,700 employees in 121 countries worldwide.

APCOM, headed by Antonio Calabrò, is consolidating its working relationship with Associated Press. APCOM’s revised logo reflects the strength of this prestigious partnership. In addition to translating and distributing Associated Press news bulletins, APCOM is adding English-language news bulletins from “AP HEADLINE NEWS”, a service staffed by editors at a rotating editors’ desk that every eight hours shifts between AP offices in New York, London and Bangkok.

Now in its sixth year, APCOM employs some 100 journalists at offices in Rome, Milan, Brussels, New York and Budapest. The wire service produces around 1,000 news items each day and works around the clock, seven days a week. APCOM is currently leveraging AP’s expertise in its dedicated “Germany 2006” World Cup section on TIM’s mobile portal. AP has two ad hoc offices in Germany, multiple video teams and dozens of photojournalists; APCOM is running a dedicated multimedia desk at its Rome headquarters, and has a correspondent travelling with the Italy Football Team.

Tom Brettingen, Senior Vice President at AP, had this to say about the agreement: “We are glad to consolidate our relations with APCOM, which we are confident will lead to further growth. APCOM has a very important presence on the Italian media market. The combination of excellent domestic Italian news bulletin coverage and AP’s international coverage is a winning formula for a high impact service. We are able to guarantee our highly esteemed press, TV, radio and new media clients the best available coverage.”

“This agreement with AP,” says company manager Antonio Calabrò, “enhances our international bulletin service and strengthens APCOM’s coverage of political news, business news and reportage. It enables us to improve the service we offer our growing roster of media, public sector and business clients.”

“We are glad and proud to renew and consolidate our partnership with Associated Press for a further five years,” says Paolo Ferrari, CEO of TM News. “A result of the good performances put in by both parties, this deal is based on mutual trust and a shared belief in fostering future business growth by focusing on both companies’ propensity for innovation and multimedia.”