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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 the United Kingdom

Media Ownership and Concentration in the United Kingdom

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Who Owns the World's Media?

Petros Iosifidis

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes media ownership and concentration in the United Kingdom. After summarizing the British media landscape, the chapter focuses on print media (newspapers, book publishing, magazine publishing), audiovisual media (radio, broadcast television, multichannel TV platforms, film), telecommunications media (wireline and wireless telecom), and Internet media (Internet Service Providers, search engines, online news market). A major concentration issue is Rupert Murdoch’s hold over various media properties. The public service BBC has been traditionally a powerful player in broadcasting, and has moved into digital and online services. Commercial operators have called for the government to curb BBC’s expansion efforts in the online market. The existing law is ineffective in preventing concentration and opened the door for more concentration and cross-ownership in the traditional industries like newspapers and broadcasting. In telecom, the major firms are BT and Vodafone. Cable TV is dominated by Liberty Global, while satellite TV is controlled by the Murdoch group. In print media, the major firms are Bertelsmann, Pearson, Bauer, Trinity Mirror, Daily Mail and General Trust, and The Guardian.

Keywords:   British media market, media industry, Internet media, print media, cross-ownership, telecommunications, Internet, News Corp, Rupert Murdoch, BBC, Pearson, Liberty Global, BT, Vodafone, The Guardian

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