News Corp and Facebook announced new pay deals for news in Australia three weeks after the government passed laws that would require digital giants to help cover the costs of journalism.
The New York-based news firm, which operates primarily in the US, UK and Australia, said it has entered into a multi-year deal with Facebook that covers its top Australian titles as well as regional posts.
The salary deal follows a similar deal struck with Google last month.
Sky News Australia, a subsidiary of News Corp Australia, also entered into a new deal that extends and builds on an existing Facebook deal, according to a News Corp statement.
“The deal with Facebook is a milestone in transforming the terms of trade for journalism and will have a material and significant impact on our Australian news business,” News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson said.
Andrew Hunter, head of Facebook news partnerships in Australia and New Zealand, said the agreements with News Corp Australia and Sky News Australia “mean Facebook users will have access to premium news articles and breaking news videos from the News Corp network. , rural and suburban newsrooms ”.
Mr Thomson thanked the Australian government for “taking a principled position for publishers” through its laws that could force Facebook and Google to pay for news content accessible through their platforms if the two gateways to Internet fail to make fair deals.
News Corp now has compensation agreements with Facebook, Google and Apple to provide access to journalism.
Google has been faster than Facebook in making deals with Australian news companies as digital platform laws make their way through parliamentary processes.
Seven West Media is the only other major Australian media organization to announce a salary deal with Facebook.
Facebook announced preliminary wage deals with independent news organizations Private Media, Schwartz Media and Solstice Media a day after the laws were passed by parliament last month.