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Australian network Seven West Media joins Google News Showcase

By Jonna Lorenz
Australian network Seven West Media joins Google News Showcase
Seven West Media is the latest news company to join Google News Showcase in a multimillion-dollar deal to pays for curated news content. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Australian news network Seven West Media will join Google News Showcase as a publishing partner in a multimillion-dollar agreement, Google announced Monday.

The deal, which includes 21 publications, gives Google eight publishing partners including 46 publications in Australia. Titles include The West Australian, 7News and PerthNow.

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Google News Showcase, announced in October, will pay more than $1 billion over three years to publishers for curated news content. It allows publishers to decide what content will be displayed on its search platform and will pay for some premium articles to be available to readers at no cost.

"This is a great outcome for Seven West Media and for Google," Seven West Media Chairman Kerry Stokes said in a statement on Google's blog. "The negotiations with Google recognize the value of quality and original journalism throughout the country and, in particular, in regional areas."

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Stokes thanked Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Rod Sims, chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for the proposed News Media Bargaining Code. The legislation, set to go before parliament Tuesday, will allow more commercial deals between social media companies and news organizations, The Guardian reported.

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The code is aimed at Google and Facebook and calls for a government-appointed arbitrator to determine a price for news content if an agreement cannot be reached with local news outlets, according to CNBC.

On Wednesday, Google announced it had launched its News Showcase in the United Kingdom and Argentina. More than 450 news publications are part of Google News Showcase globally. The platform also is underway in Germany, Brazil, Canada, France and Japan.

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Media companies including the Financial Times and Reuters have signed agreements with Google, which will pay licensing fees for news content in the feature, which will appear in the Google News mobile app and Google Discover.

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