Forrests Minderoo helps local publishers strike
Google deal - May 30, 2022
By Zoe Samios
such as The Greek Herald, The Australian Jewish News,
Australian Chinese Daily and Time Out will receive
funding from search giant Google after negotiating
a commercial deal with Andrew Forrests Minderoo
with approval from the Australian Competition and
Consumer Commission, was negotiating on behalf of
24 Australian independent publishers to obtain funding
for use of their news content in search. The amount
of money was not disclosed, but the not-for-profit
said it will be used for a range of content
and digital transformation initiatives.
McDonald, senior policy advisor at Minderoos
frontier technology initiative, said the deals would
protect local journalism. This deal has been
negotiated in good faith over the past six months,
culminating in a landmark agreement for independent
journalism, McDonald said.
publishers are working hard to produce important public
interest journalism, including in rural and outer
urban areas, and with multicultural and LGBTQI+ communities.
to receive the funding in addition to Time Out and
The Greek Herald including the Naracoorte Community
News, Star Observer, Primer Magazine, Australian Property
Journal and City Hub.
new deal brings Googles total local commercial
deals to more than 60, which it says accounts for
more than 180 local media outlets. Googles deals
were struck after the introduction of landmark news
media bargaining laws which, if implemented, would
force Google and Facebook to pay eligible large and
small news publishers to display articles in the search
engine and newsfeed. The new laws dont
actually apply to either Google or Meta because they
are not designated. Treasury is currently
assessing the effectiveness of these laws and working
out whether more needs to be done to ensure news outlets
are remunerated for their journalism.
which has struck deals with Nine Entertainment
Co (owner of this masthead), News Corp Australia,
publisher of The Australian, The Herald Sun and The
Daily Telegraph as well as smaller outlets
has not faced the same scrutiny as Meta.
ACCC boss Rod Sims, who oversaw the creation of the
bargaining laws, said last week Facebook
(a subsidiary of Meta) should be designated for failing
to strike deals with outlets such as The Conversation
and multicultural broadcaster SBS.
has not struck a long-term commercial deal with the
publishers represented by Minderoo or negotiated with
the organisation, but five publications did receive
grants from the Australian News Fund.
said this deal was significant for local communities
and reflected well on Google.
seems to me now that Google has done a deal with just
about 100 per cent of the people who qualify,
he said. That stands in stark contrast to Facebook,
who stopped doing deals a long time ago and inexplicably
didnt do a deal with SBS or The Conversation.
The contrast is extremely stark.
it comes to the issue of whether Facebook should be
designated, that contrast has just got a lot larger,
which would be a worry for Facebook. One player has
played by the rules and the other clearly has not."
Minderoo Foundation is one of several organisations
negotiating with the tech giants on behalf of outlets.
Country Press Australia, representing 70 local newspapers,
collectively bargained to receive a deal from Google.
Zealands News Publishers Association,
which represents the interests of 28 local news outlets,
hired former Nine executives Chris Janz and David
Eisman in a
bid to receive an annual fee of at least NZ$40
million ($36.3 million) from the two tech giants.
gross revenue in Australia grew 38 per cent to $7.2
billion in 2021, a major increase and a fresh high.
However, net revenue, which excludes certain costs
of sales, was $1.7 billion. As a result, Google made
a pre-tax profit of $404 million in 2021 and paid
tax of $85 million.
Sydney Morning Herald)