Google has announced that it has signed agreements with seven Irish news partners including The Irish Times as part of a new initiative to support Irish media.
Seven publishers, including Celtic Media and the Journal, participate and represent nearly 40 publications with a mix of local, regional and national news organizations from across Ireland.
Google will license high-quality news content from these publishers to the News Showcase and trial its new product and news licensing program.
News Showcase is a license program to pay publishers for the use of high-quality content and is a continuation and expansion of previous programs such as the Google News Initiative.
Google plans to roll out the initiative to readers in Ireland in the coming months.
Liam Kavanagh, managing director of The Irish Times, said the agreement with Google was a “welcome recognition of the value of reliable news sources in modern democracies”.
“This means that the titles in The Irish Times Group have more support to deliver high-quality independent journalism to a wider audience,” he said.
The Irish Times Group has agreed with Google on terms that will allow access to content from all titles in the collection available through the Google News Showcase when it launches in the Irish market later this year.
Daily content feed
Mr. Kavanaugh said the agreement provides for a daily content feed from each group’s title. Google will pay a pre-agreed fee for content submitted and published in the News Showcase.
“This is an important development for the Irish Times Group and the Irish media industry,” he said.
“The agreement with Google sets out the principle that publishers are paid for content submitted. The Irish Times Group is the largest Irish Indigenous media group and one of seven publishers participating in Ireland.
“The agreement places a value on the content posted on the search platform in general and enables the group’s content to reach new audiences.”
Within the Irish Times collection, the agreement covers the titles of The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, The Echo, Breaking News, Waterford News & Star, Carlow, Laois & Kildare Nationalist, Roscommon Herald and Western People.
The agreement will enter into force upon the launch of the Google News Gallery in the last quarter of 2021. “It is important to note that we retain full editorial control over all content posted on the platform,” Mr. Kavanagh added.
“This is a welcome initiative that has resulted from several months of careful consideration and in-depth discussion by the in-house project team, backed by legal advice.
“Our interaction with Google will allow us to reach a wider audience with our content. Most importantly, it provides a new stream of licensing fee revenue, which will help us increase investment in the future.”
The Google News Fair is supported by Google’s $1 billion global news investment.
Nearly 1,000 news publications globally have signed deals to feature news since last year, in countries such as India, Germany, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Australia, the Czech Republic, Japan, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Austria and Argentina.
In Ireland, Google supports news publishers in a number of ways, including innovation funding and training, as well as products like Google News and Search that send valuable traffic to news sites.
Google’s director of online partnerships in Europe, Middle East and Asia, Anthony Nacache, said the company was “excited” to announce new agreements with “these established home addresses for Irish media”.
He said Ireland would be one of the first countries in Europe to launch a news show.
“Google is committed to supporting a sustainable news model for publishers worldwide and in Ireland, and we look forward to working collaboratively with publishers to help further connect their news stories and content to their readers,” he said.
He also said the deal would expand on “the company’s mission to help people access trustworthy information online and support a network that is open to all.”
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