That’s a question that Google CEO Eric Schmidt has had to confront from all fronts. The accusations range from transforming the way that people get their news to taking ad revenue from the established institutions. In an interview with Schmidt, Search Engine Land explores:
Is Google a newspaper killer? Not by a long shot, says Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Nor does he want it to be. In a long interview about his company’s relationship with newspapers and the print journalism industry, Schmidt made it clear he wants established players to survive. In fact, he thinks Google has a “moral responsibility” to help. But help doesn’t mean a handout.
While some of these acusation may be founded in reality, Schmidt believes it is more the internet itself, not Google, that has led to the changes in the news industry.
Schmidt would like Google to help by experimenting with new ways of reading news that might help print institutions make it through the transition they face. That’s especially so in that Google has no plans to produce news content itself. Google’s success, he says, is tied to pointing its visitors to sources of quality content.
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