CANBERRA, Australia (AP)– Seven West Media has become the largest Australian news media company to strike a deal with Google to pay for journalism in a collaboration announced Monday prior to the countrys Parliament thinks about draft laws to force digital giants to pay for news.Google and the openly noted broadcast online, tv and print publishing business jointly revealed they had concurred on a “long-term collaboration” after weekend discussions Australian federal government ministers had with media executives, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai, primary executive of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google. Google regional director Mel Silva stated: “We are proud to support initial, trusted, and quality journalism and are delighted to invite Seven West Media today as a major Australian publishing partner to sign up with Google News Showcase.”The partnership was a significant investment for Google in journalism not just in city locations however in smaller sized neighborhoods, she added.Neither Google nor Seven West Media pointed out how much the deal was worth.

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