Yahoo Australia strikes deal with Google

Mariam Cheik-Hussein
By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 20 September 2021

Yahoo Australia will join Google’s News Showcase platform as part of a payment deal with the tech company.

News Showcase was launched in February this year and allows Google to pay news publishers a fixed monthly fee for their content. News Showcase is available on the Google News App and Discover, with plans to make it available in Search.

“This new deal will allow us to reinvest into producing more local, top quality journalism, and take our strategy to the next level,” says senior director of content at Yahoo Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia Simon Wheeler.

“This is a historic day for not only Yahoo and Google, but for all lovers of high-quality local content. This new agreement ensures an investment in the future of Australian digital journalism.”

Google has previously reached payment deals with other Australian publishers including News Corp Australia, Seven West Media, and Guardian Australia. The deals emerged as part of the news media bargaining code with passed Australian parliament earlier this year.

“Google has been a proud supporter of the Australian media industry for two decades and we are excited that Yahoo Australia will soon be part of News Showcase - our biggest commitment to date,” says Google head of news partnerships AUNZ Shilpa Jhunjhunwala.

“Yahoo Australia will join more than 100 titles from across Australia, many from regional areas, and almost 1,000 international outlets.”

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