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Eli M. Noam and The International Media Concentration Collaboration

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199987238

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987238.001.0001

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Media Ownership and Concentration in Russia

Media Ownership and Concentration in Russia

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Who Owns the World's Media?

Elena Vartanova

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines media ownership and concentration in Russia. Following an overview of the Russian media landscape, the remainder of the chapter focuses on print media (newspapers, book publishing), audiovisual media (radio, broadcast television, multichannel TV platforms, video channels, film), telecommunications media (wireline and wireless telecom), and Internet media (Internet Service Providers, search engines, online news market). The main trends in the transformation of media ownership in Russia in the 2000s have been a decrease in commercial media capital and the proportionate increase in state capital and mixed (state and private, non-media) capital. The largest media companies are concentrated (directly or indirectly) in the hands of government-controlled structures (VGTRK, Gazprom-Media) or private enterprises that are mainly active in non-media sectors like the extractive sector or finance (ProfMedia, NMG). The book industry has become highly concentrated, with Eksmo AST dominating.

Keywords:   Russian media market, media industry, ProfMedia, print media, NMG, telecommunications, Internet, Eksmo AST

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