Google launches news showcase in India

Google has announced it is launching its news showcase in India.

Google News Showcase is a new licensing programme that pays publishers to curate content for story panels across Google services.

The programme is being rolled out across 30 news publishers including national, regional and local news organisations like The Hindu Group, HT Digital Streams Ltd, Indian Express Group, ABP LIVE, India TV, NDTV, Zee News, Amar Ujala, Deccan Herald, Punjab Kesari, The Telegraph India, IANS (Indo Asian News Service) and ANI.

Google has signed deals with 700 news publications in more than a dozen countries, including Germany, Brazil, Canada, France, Japan, UK, Australia, Czechia, Italy, and Argentina.

“Google News Showcase is an excellent initiative by Google that lets publishers curate and surface factual and credible news content,” said Bharat Gupta, chief executive, Jagran New Media. “It will enable serious publishers and news-seeking audiences to connect and engage in a meaningful way, taking a step closer towards sustainable growth models.”

Sanjay Sindhwani, chief executive of Indian Express Online, one of largest print publishers in India: “We are looking forward to working with Google on News Showcase. This, we believe, is one of many significant steps by Google towards creating a sustainable, mutually beneficial environment for both Google and independent journalism to thrive."

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