Google launched its News Showcase in the UK just a couple of weeks after Facebook rolled out its news service there after testing it in the US. Google recently launched News Showcase in Australia where the company is in a heated discussion with the government that has proposed a law that would make big IT companies pay for using publishers´ content on the internet. Google dislikes the legislation saying it will not pay for links but for publishers´ contributions to Showcase.
It is during the Australian discussions that Google famously has said that if the proposed law is approved, the company could shut down its search service in the country.
In the UK, Google has signed partnerships with publishers such as Reuters, Archant, DC Thomson, Evening Standard, The Financial Times, Iliffe Media, The Independent, Midland News Association, New Statesman, Newsquest, JPI Media, Reach and The Telegraph.
In total, more than 120 publications in the UK will start curating content for News Showcase, many of them local newspapers ”who do not have the same resources that many larger, national papers have to invest in their digital transformation,” Google said.
”Payments are made for the publishers’ curatorial expertise for beyond-the-paywall access and to curate content for story panels. Publishers receive monthly fees, which are intended to provide payments over three years. News Showcase is not a pay-per-click model, anything publishers get in terms of additional traffic from story panels or new subscribers is on top of that fee.”