Today Google announced a beta program that will allow
US Google News publishers (see , below) “to mark up sections of a news article that are most relevant to be read aloud by the Google Assistant.”
Putting on my connected/structured/intelligent content hat, this has interesting implications for how (audio-targeted) news content is produced. That is, Assistant ain’t interested in reading out a whole news article (“we recommend around 20-30 seconds of content per section of speakable structured data, or roughly two to three sentences”), so this impacts how content is put together editorially.
Hey Google, what’s the latest news?
Content type specifications
 UPDATE Thanks towho on Twitter pointed out that the announcement said only that the feature “available for English language users in the US”. I had mis-characterized this as being available only for US Google New publishers – it appears that any Google News publisher is eligible to ask for inclusion in the program.
Where did you see reference to US news publishers Aaron? I found “Country availability
The speakable property works on Google Home devices for English-speaking users in the U.S. only.” So could be open to EN news sites whose content appears in US searches?
— Richard Hearne (@RedCardinal) July 25, 2018