News and Broadcasting Secretary Apurva Chandra has strongly urged big tech aggregators to share some of their revenue with digital news publishers, who generate original content.
In a message sent to the Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA) conference on Friday, Chandra said Australia, Canada, France and the European Union had already taken the lead through their legislatures and strengthened their competition commissions to ensure a fair distribution of revenue among creators. news content providers and aggregators.
“For the growth of the news industry, it is important that the digital news platform of all those publishers who are the creators of original content get a fair share of revenue from Big Tech platforms that act as an aggregator of the content created by others,” he said in a message to the DNPA conference.
Chandra said post-COVID there have been issues regarding the financial health of not only the digital news industry, but also the print news industry.
“It is clear that if the traditional news industry continues to be negatively impacted, the future of journalism, our fourth pillar, is also affected. So it’s also about journalism and credible content,” he said.
Chandra said the traditional news industry has a history of serving the nation.
“I understand that they have put in place adequate systems of checks and balances to ensure that correct and factual information is flowing and are a good example of our stated policy of self-regulation,” he said.