NLA media access reaches new agreement with PA

The NLA team is delighted to announce that we have reached an agreement to work with PA (the Press Association), the national news agency for the UK and Ireland. This valuable new partnership, which launched on 1st October, ensures content published by PA newswires and used by media monitoring organisations and end users is all covered within the NLA’s licensing frameworks. From now on, when PA content is copied by MMOs and sent to end-users their activities will be covered by an NLA licence.
When taken alongside agreements with both Reuters and Alliance News, signing up PA to the NLA roster is a demonstration of the reach we now have across newswires. While newspapers remain the core of our business, we are striving hard to extend our offering to all branches of the media - including newswires, new magazine publishers, born digital and broadcast. This comes at the same time Andrew Hughes and team continue to expand our international coverage, recently agreeing digital rights agreements in Portugal and Finland.
We’re delighted to be working with PA, one of the most recognised UK media brands, continuing our work to provide a comprehensive, simple and fair licensing regime for providers and users alike.


CEDRO agreement sees eClips go Spanish

CEDRO, the Spanish national copyright agency and NLA media access, the UK service, have completed a platform sharing agreement which will make Spanish and UK content available to media monitoring businesses across Europe and beyond. NLA will process leading Spanish content through its online database eClips for inclusion in CEDRO and NLA licensed services. The agreement follows a similar arrangement between NLA and French agency CFC.

Both parties expect the proven, simple, timely and consistent delivery of publisher content to MMO services to allow monitoring agencies to focus more attention on client services and less on content procurement. In the UK and France, applications to increase the quality and timeliness of content delivery has already helped market development. By creating a direct, high quality connection between publisher systems to users of media monitoring services, eClips underlines the common interests of publishers and MMOs in serving the needs of PR professionals.

The agreement will also allow consistent delivery and licensing of Spanish and UK content in UK and throughout NLA’s international services, which are used by media firms in many other countries.

Magdelena Vinent, CEO of CEDRO said: “CEDRO is committed to working with publishers, MMOs and service users to simplify licensing and access to news content. This new agreement extends that effort. We look forward to further developing our progressive relationship with the industry”

Andrew Hughes, International Director, NLA said “NLA and CEDRO both want to improve services for users. Licensing bodies like ours connect publishers, MMOs and their users, and build on their common interests of all parties in providing high quality services and clear legal rights. We have proved in France that our eClips platform works outside UK. We are delighted that our relationship with CEDRO has reached this new milestone”.


Easy does it  

Rights to copy overseas content keep getting easier. Following the conclusion of agreements with licensing bodies in France, Spain, Austria, Australia, Sweden and Finland over the past 12 months, NLA media access is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Portuguese licensing body Visapress ( The new partnership will allow NLA and Visapress to license local users to copy newspaper and news website content from the other organisation.

This agreement is another step towards realising NLA’s ambition of making it even simpler for business users to access and re-use international news content legally. International news forms a small but growing proportion of media coverage for business, with the NLA directly licensing over 2,000 international businesses through its IMMO programme.

Looking to the future, NLA will continue to work through the PDLN and IFRRO licensing associations to simplify rights for UK and international business to receive and use content, encouraging the development of business friendly licensing solutions across the globe.

Andrew Hughes, International Director, NLA


From Daily Beast to Downing Street 

There is a long tradition of politicians working as (quasi)-journalists – and although more rarely – journalists turning full time politician.  Boris Johnson, whose appointment as Foreign Secretary brought to an end, at least temporarily, his Telegraph column, is just the most recent example.

Boris may yet join a more exclusive club – that of journalists who become prime minister. History provides several examples, the most recent of whom is Gordon Brown, who worked as a journalist for Scottish Television, later serving as current affairs editor until his election to Parliament in 1983. Despite his media background, however, his premiership was renowned for its sometimes troubled relations with the press.

Brown’s illustrious predecessor Sir Winston Churchill was both before and during his political career a more prolific journalist than any other occupant of 10 Downing Street. Before his election to parliament he worked as a war correspondent for both The Pioneer and The Daily Telegraph, reporting on the Siege of Malakand in British India, the Mahdist War in Sudan and the Second Boer War in South Africa.  His writing enhanced his political career considerably.

Although his star waned in the Thirties as his condemnation of Nazi aggression was widely regarded as alarmist, he kept his views in front of the British public via his newspaper articles until events proved him right. His speeches and histories give him a claim to be the finest writer ever to have been PM, and he was well aware of the power of words, epitomised in his quip: “History will be kind for me for I intend to write it.”

Although party leader and never prime minister, another very talented journalist and writer was Michael Foot, whose study of Hazlitt is still well worth a read, while Disraeli was a published novelist.

More obscurely, Ted Heath was news editor of the Church Times; and Harold MacMillan demonstrated a different kind of connection between politics and writing: his family owned the eponymous publishing company, and he worked in the firm while the Conservative Party was in opposition from 1945 to 1951.

The increasingly permeable boundaries between the media and politics mean that these are unlikely to be the last examples of prime ministers who started in broadcasting or newspapers. Of the current crop Ruth Davidson - a former BBC Radio Scotland journalist, presenter and reporter – is tipped for great things on one side of the border or the other. And one should never say never about politics: Michael Gove made his name as a newspaper columnist before entering parliament. It would be ironic, in view of recent events, if he were to beat Boris to the top of the heap.


Six months after its launch, over 96% of PR agencies have selected the NLA’s new PR Client Service Licence

In November 2015, NLA added a flat fee PR Client Service Licence to its range of licences for PR agencies.

The new licence is an efficient and economical means of securing advanced copyright permission for PR agencies and their clients’ use.  

The licence was developed by the NLA with advice from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Coast Communications. It was a direct response to clients’ requests and provides budget certainty and simplicity for agencies.

In return for a flat fee of £197.00 per client user, the PR agency is granted rights to supply articles from the entire NLA repertoire, in whatever format the client requires it to be delivered.

•    In April and May 2016, 96% of PR agencies that renewed their licence opted for the new
•    For eight out of ten clients, the new licence is proving more comprehensive and cost effective than their old licence.
•    50% of smaller PR agencies (five or fewer staff) do not require any other form of copyright licence, keeping administration and cost to a minimum.
•    Since its launch over 420 NLA clients have chosen the licence – that’s 71% of all licensed agencies.*

You’ll find a selection of customer comments in the supporting notes.

*During the period November 2015-May 2016 607 PR agencies have renewed their NLA licence of which 429 (71%) have chosen the PR Client Service licence.

Supporting Notes - NLA client comments:
Very happy with the new licence – finally NLA is more straightforward.
Simplifies licensing.
Provides cost certainty.
Administratively it will save time for all parties.
From a compliance viewpoint, the new licence is not as restrictive as the current PR Licence and will encourage clients to access more content from a greater range of publications.

On the licence renewal process:
Oh groan. Is it that time of the year again already?
Oh wow! The £197.00 flat rate per client sounds fab. Makes my life so much simpler.
Thanks so much – never has an NLA renewal been so easy.

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