Top Australian news outlet strikes content deal with Google

Top Australian news outlet strikes content deal with Google

On Monday, Nine rival Seven West Media said it had reached a deal that local media reported would also involve the United States company paying it AUD 30 million (roughly Rs. 170 crores) a year.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, the multinational firm that owns Fox News, The Sun, The Wall Street Journal and The Sunday Times has announced a three-year deal with Google that will see the tech giant pay an unspecified amount to use News Corp content globally.

As part of the agreement, the companies will develop a subscription platform and will share advertising revenue through Google's ad technology services.

The landmark deal, announced Wednesday, comes after a 14-year-plus campaign by Murdoch and his lieutenant, News Corp. In 2019, Facebook announced deals to pay some publishers to share stories inside a dedicated news section of its main app. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the plan at an event in NY with News Corp.'s Thomson.

Facebook managing director for Australia and New Zealand, Will Easton, said in a blog post that the proposed legislation penalises the social network for content it did not take or ask for, instead of encouraging innovation between digital platforms and news organisations.

Facebook, however, chose the nuclear option, rather than bargain with news publishers in Australia.

The Australian federal government has said it still plans to put the laws - which effectively force Google and social media giant Facebook to strike deals with media companies or have fees set for them - to a vote in the coming weeks.

Posting and sharing news links from Australian publishers is also restricted on a global scale as well.

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They condemned the arrests of political leaders and activists as well as the military's interference with communications. They accuse Beijing of propping up the military regime and applaud Washington's actions sanctioning the military.

The amendment to be introduced to Parliament on Wednesday "improve the workability of the code while retaining its overall effect", Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said in a joint statement. It threatened to pull Google Search from that market if the country refused.

He said Facebook's decision to remove access to news for Australians raised questions about whether people could trust what they saw on the platform.

Google has reportedly struck a $30 million deal with Australian broadcaster Nine Entertainment amid growing political pressure to rebalance the relationship between tech platforms and legacy media outlets.

Lawmakers from Australia's center-left Labor party endorsed the bill at a meeting in Canberra on Tuesday, said the sources, who were not authorized to speak to media on the matter and declined to be identified. "We will now prioritise investments to other countries".

In a surprise doorstop this afternoon, Mr Frydenberg said agreements between news creators and Google "will help sustain public interest journalism in this country for years to come".

Gizmodo Australia has reached out to Facebook locally, asking whether satire news site content will continue to be banned on its platform in the future.

"Panels on News Showcase display an enhanced view of an article or articles, giving participating publishers more ways to bring important news to readers and explain it in their own voice, along with more direct control of presentation and branding".

UPDATE: Feb. 17, 2021, 3:32 p.m. EST This post was updated to include more information about and images of what Australian news outlets' Facebook pages look like after Facebook cut them off. If no deal is reached, the tech companies and media organizations would move to arbitration.

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