If you search for "weather uk" in Google's news tab, the top-three result fields look fishy. The only non-tabloid newspaper appearing there is The Independent:
There no highly-acclaimed newspapers, or reputable weather channels appearing at the top.
Scrolling further down, and visiting other pages, it becomes clear that The Daily Express tabloid is dominating the results.
It appears in the first 4+ pages almost exclusively:
This continues page after page.
Now, that's for just a simple, generic query like "weather uk".
However, with many other search queries that I've tried — political, social, economic, etc., they also not only rank first, but dominate the SERPs below on the first page:
My questions are:
- Does it look like they are gaming Google's search results for news?
- What could they be doing?
- Is there a way to alert Google to investigate this without having direct proof (e.g. such as spammy links, or questionable on-page practices)?