Big Tech Firms Should Share Revenue With Digital News Publishers, According to I&B Secretary

Big Tech Firms Should Share Revenue With Digital News Publishers, According to I&B Secretary
23
Jan-2023

Apurva Chandra, Secretary of Information and Broadcasting, made a strong case for Big Tech aggregators to share a portion of their revenue with digital news publishers who create original content.

Chandra stated in a message sent to the Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA) conference on Friday that Australia, Canada, France, and the European Union have already taken the initiative through their legislatures and strengthened their competition commissions to ensure a fair split of revenue among news content creators and aggregators.

"It is critical for the growth of the news industry that the digital news platforms of all these publishers, who are the creators of original content, receive a fair share of the revenue from the Big Tech platforms, which act as an aggregator of content created by others," he said in a message to the DNPA conference.
According to Chandra, there have been issues with the financial health of both the digital and print news industries following COVID.

"It is clear that if the traditional news industry continues to be negatively impacted, the future of journalism, our fourth pillar, is also hit. As a result, this is a matter of journalism as well as credible content," he explained.

According to Chandra, the traditional news industry has a long history of serving the nation.

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