RUPERT MURDOCH’S News Corp has announced a global agreement with tech giant Google that will see them pay for stories.
The ground-breaking deal by the ultimate owner of The Sun and The Times will see the media company contribute to Google News Showcase, an update to its news search platform.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has struck a deal with Google that will see the tech giant make ‘substantial’ payments for storiesCredit: Reuters
The ultimate owner of The Sun and The Times will contribute to Google News ShowcaseCredit: Reuters
News Showcase, which launched in the UK this month, displays article panels inside Google News. If a user clicks on the panel, they will be directed to the publisher’s website.
The Sun will be among the many News Corp publications joining the showcase and the payments involved will be “significant”.
Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp, said that the deal would have “a positive impact on journalism around the globe as we have firmly established that there should be a premium for premium journalism.”
He added: “This has been a passionate cause for our company for well over a decade and I am gratified that the terms of trade are changing, not just for News Corp, but for every publisher.”
Mr Thomson credited the support of Mr Murdoch, his son Lachlan Murdoch, and the News Corp Board and thanked Sundar Pichai, boss of Google owner Alphabet.
The landmark three-year agreement also includes the development of a subscription platform, the sharing of ad revenue via Google’s ad technology services, the cultivation of audio journalism and meaningful investments in innovative video journalism by YouTube.
It follows years of friction between Google and the news industry.
Most recently in Australia Google had threatened to shut down its search engine to avoid content laws it considered “unworkable”.
The landmark three-year deal follows years of friction between Google and the news industryCredit: AP:Associated Press