Google Inc. is mulling significant changes to its Google News service in a bid to help publishers that have been struggling to make money in the online world, Financial Times reported, citing a senior company executive.
Carlo D’Asaro Biondo, Google’s head of strategic partnerships in Europe, was quoted as saying that the internet giant is ready to change its platforms to help the online news industry, rather than simply pushing publishers to become more digital.
“I want to do better for the press, and I know we can do better for the press,” he was quoted as saying in an interview.
The comments came as Google News has faced criticism from newspaper firms for years that it robs news sites of traffic and hurts those that build and run subscription services online, FT noted.
Google, meanwhile, has just announced an alliance with eight European newspaper groups in an effort to bolster the digital skills and business model of publishers.
Known as the Digital News Initiative, it will include joint work on product development, assistance with digital training for newsrooms and financial grants to support digital projects over the next three years.
FT and the Guardian are among the publishers that have joined the initiative, in a list that also includes El País of Spain and Die Zeit of Germany.
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