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BBC World Service: Business Matters, Google to Pay News Corp for stories

Chief Revenue Officer, Les Williams featured on BBC’s Business Matters. Listen now as he covers: Google and News Corp, Facebook news in Australia, and Me Too in India, among other topics. Listen Here

Google has agreed to pay Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp for content from news sites across its media empire. Meanwhile, Facebook has announced it is banning the publishing and sharing of news on its platform in Australia. This follows moves by the Australian Government to make digital giants pay for journalism. We get the thoughts of Peter Lewis, Director of the Centre of Responsible Technology and is based in Sydney.

We discuss one of the highest-profile court cases to come out of the Me-Too Movement in India – M J Akbar, a former minister has lost his his defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani, who had accused him of being a sexual predator.

Also on in the show – a Great Green Wall across the arid lands of northern Africa – can the project save fragile communities in 11 countries – or is it just a mirage? And Ford Europe pledge to go all-electric by 2030. We hear from their CEO, Stuart Rowley.

All this and more discussed with our two guests throughout the show. Les Williams, an Associate Professor at The School of Engineering at The University of Virginia, in Arlington, VA. And Sushma Ramachandran, an independent business journalist and columnist for The Tribune newspaper, in Delhi.

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