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Media under Corporate Control

29 March 2011 17,753 views No Comment

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Recent debates on paid news have uncovered an important dimension, and discomforting consequence, of the commercialisation of news organisations. The process of commercialisation, and subsequent corporatisation of news unfolded most rapidly with the de-regulation of broadcast news in the late 90s, which led to a large number of regional, national and trans-national entities entering this territory. Looking back at the last decade, it is important to examine how truly de-regulated the broadcast news sphere has been; it is more important to examine under what conditions this domain was opened up, the directions of its further expansion, and the kinds of commercial and financial interests it is opened up for.

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