It's interesting - I worked in the news industry for many years, largely considering news wire stories for publication on a newspaper website. With the growth of the internet as an information distribution system, it's becoming more and more apparent which papers depend heavily on wire content and which do a higher percentage of original content. Why should I go to my local newspaper's site, for example, if the content there is 99% the same as that on any other site, because it's all from the wire?
In addition, I know a lot of newspapers that are considering dropping news wire coverage all together. The AP, for example, really raised the prices they wanted to charge newspapers to use wire stories online, and as a declining industry, many newspapers simply can't afford it, especially when it doesn't add a great deal of additional value to the site. It's all becoming an unfortunate vicious circle.