The New York Times has announced that it will no longer publish articles in the Apple News app from Monday local time, becoming one of the largest publishers to end its partnership with Apple’s publishing platform,media The Verge reported. In a memo announcing the change, Meredith Kopit Levien, chief operating officer of The New York Times Weekly, said the company wanted “a direct way to bring these readers back to our environment, where we control the way we report, the relationship with our readers, and the nature of our business rules.”
She added that the newspaper’s “partnership with Apple News does not meet these parameters.”
While Apple is getting publishers ,including The New York Times) to sign up for its monthly News Plus subscription fee — $9.99 a month — to access a variety of magazines and newspapers (including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Wired, etc.), the free-to-air version of Apple News offers more news. Although The New York Times offers Apple News only a few free articles, its departure still makes it one of the largest publishers to work with Apple’s publishing platform since the Guardian.
Apple News works differently from most other news aggregation services: the top-ranked articles are curated by a team of human journalists, not algorithms, and Apple is very strict about which news sources to allow into the app. Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that Apple News has more than 125 million daily users, although the company has yet to say how many people pay for premium Apple News plus services.
Apple said in a statement to the New York Times that it “only provides Apple News a few news stories a day” so that the overall content should not change much for readers.