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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 India

Media Ownership and Concentration in India

(p.772) 25 Media Ownership and Concentration in India
Who Owns the World's Media?

Anuradha Bhattacharjee

Liwei Wang

Tapasya Banerjee

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines media ownership and concentration in India. Following an overview of the Indian media landscape, the remainder of the chapter focuses on print media (newspapers, book publishing, and magazine publishing), audiovisual media (radio, broadcast television, multichannel TV platforms, video channels, and film), telecommunications media (wireline and wireless telecom), and Internet media (Internet Service Providers, search engines, and online news market). The most significant area of growth for Indian media markets has been in the provision of vernacular language content. Concentration is increasing in the rapidly expanding and diversifying telecommunications and pay TV markets, but not in the print media market. The wireless telecom market has a strong presence of the large industrial conglomerates Bharti, Reliance, and Tata, which reduced the role of the wireline state incumbent BSNL. A similar evolution has taken place for television, where the role of the state-run Presar Bharti has declined due to the entry of Zee Entertainment, Sun group, and DEN Networks. In the print media, major firms are BCCL

Keywords:   Indian media market, media industry, media groups, print media, online news market, telecommunications, Internet, Zee, DEN, Presar Bharti, Tata, Reliance, Bharti, BSNL

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