"The past two decades have witnessed the number of major corporations that dominate television, movies, music, radio, cable, publishing and the Internet dwindle from 50 to less than two dozen, with much of the control concentrated in fewer than 10 massive conglomerates. While enriching investors, these changes have endangered democracy – which demands an informed citizenry with access to variety of voices and viewpoints.
This shift has been aided and abetted by government policies that explicitly reward a cartel of industry giants at the expense of the public interest. While the media moguls crow about “deregulation,” the last thing they want is genuine market competition. History shows that the relaxation of media ownership rules always leads to more market consolidation and less competition. " To read more:
"In 2004, television became a $52 billion industry. The networks know this fact. They know how much money is at stake and they know how much power the TV industry possesses. The huge corporations that own networks and stations know exactly how big television has gotten. There should be no doubt about the true agenda of the television industry. Through all the hirings, firings, lawsuits, regulations, market shares and scandals that cloud the landscape, the community of television will continue to share one common goal. There is one overarching ideology in which every member of the television establishment believes. To truly understand television, one must understand television's true (yet hidden) agenda....
To read more: http://turnoffyourtv.com/commentary/hiddenagenda/agenda.html
A GUIDE TO THE USA MEDIA HOLDINGS OF:
GE, TIME-WARNER, WALT DISNEY CO., VIVENDI-UNIVERSAL, NEWS CORPORATION
BERTELSMANN AND CBS-VIACOM
CJR's online guide to what major media companies own, including smaller corporate media companies: http://www.cjr.org/tools/owners/
Top Telecommunications and Media Companies
And tool to find out who owns the
media in your region
http://openairwaves.org/ or http://www.publicintegrity.org/telecom/ same site
list of biggies in each field of media, and links to more info
"You watch television to turn your brain off and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on."
-- Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer and Pixar, in Macworld Magazine, February 2004
More profiles of the big media companies: http://www.oligopolywatch.com/stories/2003/07/12/media.html
the Big-8 mega-media companies http://www.freepress.net/ownership/chart.php
the big-8 cable companies http://www.freepress.net/ownership/chart.php?chart=cable
the big TV station owners http://www.freepress.net/ownership/chart.php?chart=tv
the big printed media owners http://www.freepress.net/ownership/chart.php?chart=pub
the big phone & cable companies http://www.freepress.net/ownership/chart.php?chart=telecom
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