Who Owns the World's Media?: Media Concentration and Ownership Around the World

ISBN : 9780199987238

Eli M. Noam
1440 Pages
178 x 254 mm
Pub date
Jan 2016
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Media ownership and concentration has major implications for politics, business, culture, regulation, and innovation. It is also a highly contentious subject of public debate in many countries around the world. In Italy, Silvio Berlusconi's companies have dominated Italian politics. Televisa has been accused of taking cash for positive coverage of politicians in Mexico. Even in tiny Iceland, the regulation of media concentration led to that country's first and only public referendum. Who Owns the World's Media? moves beyond the rhetoric of free media and free markets to provide a dispassionate and data-driven analysis of global media ownership trends and their drivers. Based on an extensive data collection effort from scholars around the world, the book covers thirteen media industries, including television, newspapers, book publishing, film, search engines, ISPs, wireless telecommunication and others, across a ten to twenty-five year period in thirty countries. In many countries-like Egypt, China, or Russia-little to no data exists and the publication of these chapters will become authoritative resources on the subject in those regions. After examining each country, Noam and his collaborators offer comparisons and analysis across industries, regions, and development levels. They also calculate overall national concentration trends beyond specific media industries, the market share of individual companies in the overall national media sector, and the size and trends of transnational companies in overall global media. This definitive global study of the extent and impact of media concentration will be an invaluable resource for communications, public policy, law, and business scholars in doing research and also for media, telecom, and IT companies and financial institutions in the private sector.


List of Contributors


PART I: Introduction

1. Introduction

2. Methodology

PART II: Media Concentration Around the World - Country Studies

A. Europe

3. Belgium - Peggy Valcke, Jo Groebel, and Moritz Bittner

4. Finland - Mikko Gronlund

5. France - Patrick-Yves Badillo, Dominique Bourgeois, and Jean- Baptiste Lesourd

6. Germany - Julia Bosch, Max-Josef Meier, Philipp Rosch-Schlanderer, and Achim Ekkehard Henning Wolf

7. Ireland - Roddy Flynn and Paschal Preston

8. Italy -Giuseppe Richeri and Benedetta Prario

9. The Netherlands - Joost van Dreunen

10. Portugal - Paulo Faustino

11. Russia -Elena Vartanova

12. Spain - Juan P. Artero and Alfonso Sanchez-Tabernero

13. Sweden - Robert G. Picard, Mart Ots, and Madison Forsander

14. Switzerland - Patrick Badillo and Dominique Bourgeois

15. Turkey - Huseyin Kemal Bayazit

16. United Kingdom - Petros Iosifidis

B. North America

17. Canada - Dwayne Winseck

18. United States - Eli Noam

C. Latin America

19. Argentina - Guillermo Mastrini, Ana Bizberge, and Martin Becerra

20. Brazil - Sonia Virginia Moreira

21. Chile - Sergio Godoy E.

22. Mexico - Juan Enrique Huerta Wong and Rodrigo Gomez Garcia

D. Asia-Pacific

23. Australia - Franco Papandrea and Rodney Tiffen

24. China - Min Hang

25. India - Anuradha Bhattacharjee, Liwei Wang, Tapasya Banerjee, and Anushi Agrawal

26. Japan - Kiyoshi Nakmaura, Teruaki Asari, Yoshiharu Ichikawa, Koichiro Hayashi, Hajime Yamada, and Sho Yamaguchi

27. South Korea - Daeho Kim and Seongcheol Kim

28. Taiwan - Yu-li Liu, Yantsai Chou, Kuo-feng Tseng, Ru-Shou Robert Chen, Yi-hsuan Chiang, Ping-Hung Chen, and Chun-Fa Chuang

E. Middle East and Africa

29. Egypt - Nagla Rizk

30. Israel - Amit M. Schejter and Moran Yemini

31. South Africa - George Angelopulo and Petrus H. Potgieter

PART III - Summaries and Analyses

32. National Media Concentrations Compared

33. European Trends (Patrick-Yves Badillo, Dominique Bourgeois, and Jean-Baptiste Lesourd)

34. Industry Analysis

35. Company Analysis

36. Ownership Analysis

37. Analysis of Media Concentration

38. Findings



About the author: 

Eli M. Noam is the Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility as well as a Professor of Finance and Economics at the Columbia Business School, and serves as Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information. He also served for three years a Commissioner of Public Services for New York State and on the White House's President's IT Advisory Council. He has written over 400 articles in economics, legal, communications journals and is the author of Media Ownership and Concentration in America.

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