"We want to help people find high quality journalism – it is important to inform democracy and support a sustainable news industry," said Google in a statement by WSJ . "This is very important to us and we are talking to partners and are looking for other ways to expand our ongoing work with publishers, building on programs like our Google News initiative."
According to people familiar with the matter, Google speaks primarily to Google publishers outside the United States, including some in France and Europe. The content could appear in a free Google product.
License agreements could be a big win for news organizations. Google sends tons of traffic to news sites, but hasn't paid businesses directly for their content. The possibly similar Apple product, Apple News +, was launched last year with over 300 magazines and magazines for $ 9.99. Facebook started rolling out its news tab last fall. According to WSJ Facebook told news agencies that licensing content would cost up to $ 3 million a year.