Apple News changes sees Newspapers vanish and 6 month waiting lists for channels to rejoin


Apple News sees newspapers vanish with 6 months waiting list to rejoin


FACT BOX: Apple News is only available in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia and only for Newspapers that have a subsidiary in one of those countries. 

Changes to how Apple News determines whether of not a Newspaper has a valid subsidiary in the US, Canada, UK or Australia has led to the removal of a vast number of international news channels from Apple News.

Many publishes are now complaining to the press, on forums and on Apple’s own support pages that the waiting list to rejoin after supplying evidence of operating in and publishing from the US, Canada, UK or Australia is over 6 months long inn many cases.

Some channels have waited the months long review period only to be rejected and have to start again with supplying more evidence of publishing from the small list of approved nations.

This has raised some serious concerns amongst Press regulatory bodies and Journalists’ unions over the credibility and validity of Apple News given that individuals from those countries do not have to go through any checks or provide any sort of Press license or incorporation certificates.

It is hoped that Apple will once again refocus on legitimate global news channels rather than social content from a small selection of countries.


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