AAP’s vital role in media diversity recognised

December 12, 2023

AAP welcomes today’s funding announcement from Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland, of a $6M grant to AAP, recognising the newswire’s fundamental role in supporting public interest journalism and media diversity.

The grant is a continuation of the bridging funding announced in the May 2023 budget.

AAP CEO Lisa Davies said: “This funding demonstrates the government’s ongoing commitment to public interest journalism and will allow AAP to continue delivering impartial, factual news to hundreds of media outlets around the country, especially in regional communities.”

“AAP’s trusted, independent newswire is vital to a thriving and diverse news media landscape in Australia.”

AAP looks forward to taking part in the consultation and development of the News Media Assistance Program (News MAP) and working with the government on a longer-term strategy that supports the sustainability of AAP long into the future.

The AAP newswire will be 90 years old in two years and remains at the core of our business. We are equally focused on realising the potential of AAP FactCheck, which is as vital to the news media landscape in 2023 as the newswire was when it was established in 1935.