Australian Associated Press

Australian Associated Press (AAP) is an Australian news agency. It was established by Keith Murdoch in 1935.[1]

Australian Associated Press
Privately held
IndustryNews agency
Founded1935; 85 years ago (1935)
HeadquartersSydney, Australia
Key people
Bruce Davidson, CEO
Tony Gillies, Editor-in-chief

AAP employs more than 175 journalists who work in bureaus in all states and territories of Australia. It also maintains correspondents in New Zealand, Port Moresby, London, Jakarta and Los Angeles as well as using a network of contributors from the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. AAP's domestic news coverage is complemented by alliances with the major international news agencies. AAP launched a New Zealand Newswire (NZN) division in September 2011 with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. NZN closed its digital news video team in September 2017. NZN, which was employing 14 journalists at the time, closed on 27 April 2018, although AAP retained two full-time journalists in New Zealand.[2]

AAP's main focus is on breaking news but is also known for its court reporting, sport, comprehensive political coverage, feature stories, and award-winning photographs. It also produces video and visual explainers.

In the 1990s, AAP's telecommunications division was spun off as a telco, AAPT, and sold to Telecom New Zealand in 2000. It was sold again to TPG Telecom in 2013.


Until June 2020, AAP was owned by News Corp Australia (47%), Nine Entertainment Co (45%) and Seven West Media (8%).[3] Together these companies produce the vast majority of Australian newspapers.

In March 2020, it was announced that the AAP would cease trading in June of that year.[4] In May 2020, a consortium headed by former News Corp executive Peter Tonagh entered negotiations to buy AAP.[5] The sale was completed in June 2020 with a relaunch set for August 2020.[6]

AAP is one of the few non-government newswires in the world and is a member of the MINDS global organisation of newswires.

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  1. ^ "Breaking news in Australia since 1935". Australian Associated Press. Archived from the original on 18 September 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. ^ "New Zealand Newswire to close". Stuff. AAP. 14 February 2018. Archived from the original on 2 February 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  3. ^ Australian Associated Press. "Australian Associated Press Pty Limited's Submission to the Independent Inquiry into Media and Media Regulation" (PDF). Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  4. ^ Grieve, Charlotte; Samios, Zoe; Hunter, Fergus (3 March 2020). "AAP newswire to close on June 26, hundreds of jobs to go". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  5. ^ AAP enters final stages of sale, will continue to operate but says some jobs will be lost Mumbrella 5 June 2020
  6. ^ Wahlquist, Calla. "Australian Associated Press sold to consortium of investors and philanthropists at 11th hour". Guardian Australia. The Guardian. Retrieved 30 June 2020.

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