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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 Switzerland

Media Ownership and Concentration in Switzerland

(p.358) 14 Media Ownership and Concentration in Switzerland
Who Owns the World's Media?

Patrick-Yves Badillo

Dominique Bourgeois

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines media ownership and concentration in Switzerland. Following an overview of the Swiss media landscape, including major debates in Switzerland concerning changes in regulation, the remainder of the chapter focuses on print media (newspapers, book publishing, magazine publishing), audiovisual media (radio, television, film), telecommunications media (wireline and wireless telecom), and Internet media (Internet Service Providers, search engines, online news market). Concentration is relatively moderate in Switzerland. While concentration indices appear to be quite high for some industries, the Swiss market is small compared to other European markets. There is a good amount of cross-border inflow of media from adjoining countries, which adds to the media diversity in a country divided by three major language groups. Unusual for present Europe, the telecom incumbent, Swisscom, is state-owned, with other participation by TDC, Liberty Global, and Orange. In cable TV, Liberty Media is dominant; in audiovisual media, the public SRG/SSR, plus German and French broadcasters; and in print media, Ringier, Tamedia, and Axel Springer.

Keywords:   Swiss media market, ownership concentration, media groups, print media, audiovisual media, telecommunications, Internet, Ringier, Tamedia, Springer, Orange, TDC, SRG/SSR, Liberty Global, Swisscom

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