AAP, SBS among new publishers to join Google News Showcase

Mariam Cheik-Hussein
By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 12 October 2021

Google has reached agreements with four new Australian media outlets to join its News Showcase.

AAP, SBS, Independent Australia and Women’s Agenda have all joined the platform which pays them for access to news content.

AAP, SBS and Independent Australia are already live on Showcase, with Women’s Agenda to follow in the coming weeks.

“We’re pleased to reach agreements with these outlets, which are all well regarded for producing comprehensive public interest journalism,” says Shilpa Jhunjhunwala, Google’s head of AUNZ news partnerships & APAC news program management.

“These latest agreements build on the significant support we’ve provided to the Australian news industry over the last two decades.

“Over the past few months, we’ve signed agreements with 18 Australian news outlets, networks and associations. These range in size from large publishers to small community newspapers. We are continuing talks with a range of other Australians news publishers.”

Showcase was launched in February this year amid the news media bargaining code debate as a payment model for news publishers. Under the platform, Google pays publishers a fixed monthly fee for curated stories, including pay-walled content, which Google provides to its users for free.

“Google has been an absolute pleasure to deal with. We are very excited to be part of Google News Showcase, which is another avenue for us to promote our ground-breaking investigations and stringently fact-checked articles,” says Independent Australia founder and publisher David Donovan.

“We look forward to continuing our productive business relationship well into the future.”

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