Media Moves

Google to launch news service licensing “high-quality” journalism

June 25, 2020

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Google has announced that it will be launching a rival news service to Apple News, reports Business Insider.

The new news service, would allow Google to curate and license a number of articles from news partners and the company has already signed deals with a number of publishers in Germany, Brazil, and Australia.

This will also allow the tech giant to ringfence who it’s paying for news.

Google’s VP of product for news Brad Bender wrote in a blog post:

“Today, we are announcing a licensing program to pay publishers for high-quality content for a new news experience launching later this year.

“Where available, Google will also offer to pay for free access for users to read paywalled articles on a publisher’s site. This will let paywalled publishers grow their audiences and open an opportunity for people to read content they might not ordinarily see.

“Alongside other companies, governments and civic society organizations, we’re committed to playing our part to support news businesses. Today’s undertaking exemplifies that, and we look forward to what we can all achieve together.”

The finished product is expected to be announced later this year.

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