Australian Associated Press

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Australian Associated Press
Privately held
IndustryNews agency
Founded1935; 85 years ago (1935)
HeadquartersSydney, Australia
Key people
Emma Cowdroy, CEO
Andrew Drummond, Editor-in-chief

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

AAP employs more than 75 journalists who work in bureaus in all states and territories of Australia except the Northern Territory. It also maintains correspondents in New Zealand and London 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'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.

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


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.

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]

As part of AAP's sale and relaunch in 2020, several divisions of the agency were spun off and retained by the agency's original owners. This included ‘Medianet’ a media planning and public relations service, ‘Mediaverse’ a service for research and analysis of media, ‘ConnectWeb’ a directory service for biographical data, ‘Pagemasters’ a digital publishing and design service, and ‘Megaform’ which provides information about horse racing.[3]


Australian Associated Press was acquired by an independent, non-partisan Australian not-for-profit organisation in June 2020. As a not-for-profit organisation it does not have owners or shareholders.

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 and was relaunched in August 2020.[6]

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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. ^ Amanda, Meade (5 June 2020). "AAP Newswire saved but jobs to be lost in slimmed-down operation". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  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 (29 June 2020). "Australian Associated Press sold to consortium of investors and philanthropists at 11th hour". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 June 2020.

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