Global news network Agence France Press (AFP) said this week that its collaboration with the South African Press Association (SAPA) has come to an end, meaning that AFP English news content will no longer be available via SAPA.
“SAPA and AFP have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship and the decision to withdraw our news service from SAPA was not taken lightly,” Harry Lee-Rudolph, commercial manager for AFP southern Africa, said in a statement.
However, he said that the changing media landscape in South Africa has necessitated the exploration of new commercial approaches in keeping with AFP’s growth goals for the African region.
AFP has 200 bureaus across the world in 150 countries, 18 of which are based in sub-Saharan Africa. AFP’s English newswire delivers some 600 dispatches a day on world and African news.
AFP has a clear strategy to strengthen and enhance its coverage of Africa in all mediums.
“From a commercial perspective we will focus on supplying clients a comprehensive media package to address all needs in terms of content and platform,” Lee-Rudolph said.