Messaging app Line ties up with newspapers, broadcasters


Naver Corp.’s Line app, Japan’s biggest messaging service, began a revenue sharing system with news media organizations that start their own channels on the system.

The system started Tuesday, Line said at a briefing in Tokyo. News media partners include the Asahi, Mainichi and Sankei newspapers, along with BBC Japan and the Tech Crunch technology blog, Line said.

Line has about 58 million users in Japan, while its news magazine service had about 12 million monthly active users as of May.

Naver also operates South Korea’s most-used search engine, which had 77 percent of search queries in October, Nielsen KoreanClick Co. data show.

Kakao Corp.’s Daum followed with 14.8 percent. Google ranked third with 8.2 percent.