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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 People’s Republic of China

Media Ownership and Concentration in the People’s Republic of China

(p.740) 24 Media Ownership and Concentration in the People’s Republic of China
Who Owns the World's Media?

Min Hang

The China Media Concentration Research Group

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes media ownership and concentration in China. After examining Chinese media landscape, the bulk of the chapter looks at print media (newspapers, book publishing, magazine publishing), audiovisual media (radio, broadcast television, film), telecommunications media (wireline and wireless telecom), and Internet media (Internet Service Providers, search engines, online news market). Chinese mass media industries have very high concentration indices due to the strong ownership role of the government and its sub-divisions. Provincial governments also own media outlets. Even more concentrated are the platform media industries of wireline and wireless telecom. Here, the main state-owned companies are China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom. Private ownership is more prevalent in new media, examples being Baidu, Sina.com, and Sohu.com.

Keywords:   China media market, media industry, mass media, print media, audiovisual media, telecommunications, Internet, China government, Baidu, Sina.com, Sohu.com

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