Pattaya Mail turns a new page

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Joins AP family – first in Thailand outside of Bangkok

In our continuing effort to explore new ways to upgrade your newspaper, the Pattaya Mail is proud to announce that on Friday, November 23, 2001 we joined the Associated Press family. Thus begins yet another new chapter in Pattaya Mail history. Every week from this week forward we will bring into your home the best, most interesting news, features, science, entertainment and sports the world has to offer, which only the Associated Press can deliver.

As Denis D. Gray, Chief of Bureau, Associated Press Bangkok said, “The Associated Press has been around since 1848, has enjoyed a very strong presence in Bangkok for decades, but not until we signed a contract last Friday with the Pattaya Mail did the world’s largest news organization enjoy exposure in Thailand’s provincial areas. That day we were proud to offer our news and photo services to this key and expanding news outlet on the Eastern Seaboard.

Denis D. Gray, Chief of Bureau, Associated Press, Bangkok (left) and Pattaya Mail Managing Director Peter Malhotra sign an agreement, making Pattaya Mail the first newspaper in Thailand outside of Bangkok to join the AP family.Denis D. Gray, Chief of Bureau, Associated Press, Bangkok (left) and Pattaya Mail Managing Director Peter Malhotra sign an agreement, making Pattaya Mail the first newspaper in Thailand outside of Bangkok to join the AP family.

“To paraphrase the film ‘Casablanca,’ we hope that this is the beginning of a long and beautiful relationship.

“To Pattaya Mail readers who may not be familiar with the AP, here are a few facts about us:

“We serve as a source of news, photos, graphics, audio and video for more than one billion people a day – the smallest Outback newspaper and giants like CNN rely on the AP for some of the 20 million words, 1,000 photos and the steady stream of video feeds we provide every 24 hours, 365 days a year. Pattaya Mail now joins 8,500 international subscribers who receive AP news and photos.

“The AP, which is headquartered in New York City, operates out of 242 bureaus worldwide and serves 121 countries, including of course Thailand where our bureau in Bangkok also supervises coverage of neighboring Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.

“But more important than all the facts and figures, we pride ourselves on reporting the news without fear or favor, steering rigorously clear of bias and prejudice, and trying to be everywhere news is made. We like to quote the great Indian Mohandas K. Gandhi who on being released from one of his prison terms told our waiting reporter: ‘I suppose when I go to the Hereafter and stand at the Golden Gate, the first person I shall meet will be a correspondent of the Associated Press.’”