Associated Press CEO Tom Curley, who recently announced that he’ll be retiring this year, discussed challenges facing news outlets — from revenue streams to increased opinions in many newsrooms — and other media matters in an Q-and-A with Joe Strupp.
The 63-year-old Curley told the former Editor & Publisher reporter — now at Media Matters for America — that he has no set date to leave his post and has no definite plans for his future.
What brought this retirement decision about?
Normal transition. When the odometer hits a certain point, you have to consider it and the time seems right. We’re at a stable place, contract, long term contracts are set, all of our major technology will roll out.
What has been the biggest change in media in during your nine years atop AP?
It’s easy to describe the transition from the old broadcast model of many to one to increasingly personalization of media from one to many to many to one, that is the change that we all have to address, increasing customization.
What has seen the most relevant impact? Internet? Cable? Radio?
Customization affects all media platforms, the digital shift obviously enables that, but even the digital players that don’t allow for customization are losing ground. So it’s about personalization. Read More