Google is giving readers of its Internet news service direct access to the original source of stories written by major world news agencies including
, the Internet search giant has announced.
"Starting today, Google News users will be able to quickly and easily find original stories from news publishers and go directly to the original source, including stories from some of the top news agencies in the world," Google said on a Friday in a statement announcing its deal with several top companies.
Currently, stories by world agencies such as Agence France-Presse and domestic wire services such as Britain's Press Association can often be found online on the websites of subscriber news organisations that reproduce them.
Google's update to its news site will provide a page hosting just agency reports. Readers can compare a story in its original form with coverage by the subscriber sites, alongside any extra material the sites add to the story.
"This new approach not only enhances the experience for users, it also gives proper recognition to journalists and publishers who work hard to break the news," Google said in a statement.
By giving access to the original agency stories and showing alongside them links to content on the same topic from other web-based publishers, Google News says it will offer "more perspectives from more journalists around the world."
"This agreement with several news agencies expresses Google's recognition of the quality of their work and the originality of their respective views of the world," AFP's chief executive Pierre Louette said.