Media Ownership, Journalism and Diversity What's Wrong With Media Monopolies?

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  • Copyright: 3/23/2017
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Media companies are in the midst of fundamental transformation. For those reconfiguring their business models, consolidation into larger entities seems an obvious strategy for survival and there's growing pressure for a more relaxed approach to concentration of media ownership. Such industrial pragmatism, however, collides with the need for diversity of voice in a healthy democracy.

Such tensions raise crucial questions about the nature and significance of different ownership regimes for journalism. It's important that we understand the trajectory of current policy thinking and explore alternative and more creative policy initiatives which might promote diversity without prejudicing business interests. Media Ownership, Journalism and Diversity analyses these issues within the UK using evidence gathered from personal interviews with senior policy makers and through analysis of evidence to a 2008 House of Lords select inquiry committee on news and media ownership, for which the author was specialist advisor. The material is set within a broader international context, and up through the period of the crises enveloping News Corp.

Author Biography

Steven Barnett is Professor of Communications at the University of Westminster, UK, and a prominent writer and broadcaster who has been involved in policy analysis at the highest levels, both nationally and internationally, for the last 25 years.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Contemporary Context: Ownership and the 'Crisis' in Journalism

Chapter 2: Theoretical Overview: Pluralism, Democracy and Free Speech

Chapter 3: Why Ownership Matters

Chapter 4: Historical Background to Policy and Practice in the UK

Chapter 5: Media Ownership Policy in the 1990s in the UK

Chapter 6: Media Ownership Policy, New Labour and the 2003 Communications Act

Chapter 7: Broadcasting and Impartiality: Why Ownership Still Matters

Chapter 8: Alternative Ownership Models: Structures, Funding and Impact

Chapter 9: Convergence and the Role of the Internet

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