Today, we are announcing a licensing program to pay publishers for high-quality content for a new news experience launching later this year. This program will help participating publishers monetize their content through an enhanced storytelling experience that lets people go deeper into more complex stories, stay informed and be exposed to a world of different issues and interests. We will start with publishers in a number of countries around the globe, with more to come soon.
-- Brad Bender, VP Product Management, News
Unlike the Apple News $9.99 monthly subscription, it looks like the new Google service will be free to the public, being paid for via inline advertising.