Seven West Media has a news content deal with Facebook

Chris Pash
By Chris Pash | 23 February 2021

Seven West Media announced it has signed a Letter of Intent to provide news to Facebook.

The deal, announced to the ASX, is subject to signing a long-form agreement between the two companies, expected to be executed over the next days. 

Commercial details have not been revealed.

The deal is the first to be announced by a major publisher following the settling of a dispute between Facebook and the federal government over details of legislation to force digital platforms to pay for news. 

Seven West Media Chairman Kerry Stokes said: “The establishment of this new partnership with Facebook is a significant move for our business and reflects the value of our original news content across our successful metropolitan and regional broadcast, digital andprint properties."

The company earlier thois month also annoucned a deal with Google.

“Together, the two announcements are a strong recognition of the quality and credibility of our leading news brands and entertainment, and will enable us to continue to build our digital platform,” says Stokes.

“These partnerships would not have been possible without the leadership and vision of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher, and we thank them.”

Seven West CEO James Warburton: “Like our new, market-leading partnership with Google, our agreement with Facebook is an important part of the strategy to transform our company and build Australia’s leading news and entertainment content business.

“Both agreements are a significant step forward for Australian news media and are a clear acknowledgement by all parties of the value and importance of original news content.”

Will Easton, Managing Director, Facebook Australia and New Zealand: “We are pleased to confirm our investment through a Letter of Intent with our partners from Seven West Media. This agreement brings the premium news content Seven produces from its newsrooms across Australia to Facebook. We have always been committed to supporting journalism and our agreement today continues our work with the news community in Australia.”

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