Google is back on track to launch its own news website in Australia within the next few weeks, according to a local media outlet that was contracted to provide articles for the platform.
The company’s news site, News Showcase, could be launched as early as next month as part of Google’s actions against the Australian government’s planned legislation that would force the company to pay local news providers to display content on its search engine.
Misha Ketchell, editor of the academic news site The Conversation, said he was approached by Google ” to reopen discussions about the News Showcase product launch as soon as possible, possibly in February . ” “ We’re working with them on this ,” Ketchell said.
Google announced plans to launch the News Showcase in Australia last June. The company has signed agreements with six small local publications, including The Conversation, to provide content. She subsequently delayed the launch of the website after the Australian regulator published a draft amendment to the media law.
By deciding to expedite the launch of News Showcase, the company is demonstrating a willingness to negotiate with local media about content placement, denying the need for a forthcoming law.
Google Australia CEO Mel Silva said at a parliamentary hearing last week that the company would shut down the search engine in Australia if the bill was approved.