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pov
Apr 6th, 2011, 05:33 PM
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/who-owns-the-media-the-6-monolithic-corporations-that-control-almost-everything-we-watch-hear-and-read
Who Owns The Media? The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read


Back in 1983, approximately 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day. They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites. Sadly, most Americans don't even stop to think about who is feeding them the endless hours of news and entertainment that they constantly ingest. Most Americans don't really seem to care about who owns the media. But they should. The truth is that each of us is deeply influenced by the messages that are constantly being pounded into our heads by the mainstream media. The average American watches 153 hours of television a month. In fact, most Americans begin to feel physically uncomfortable if they go too long without watching or listening to something. Sadly, most Americans have become absolutely addicted to news and entertainment and the ownership of all that news and entertainment that we crave is being concentrated in fewer and fewer hands each year.

The six corporations that collectively control U.S. media today are Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal. Together, the "big six" absolutely dominate news and entertainment in the United States. But even those areas of the media that the "big six" do not completely control are becoming increasingly concentrated. For example, Clear Channel now owns over 1000 radio stations across the United States. Companies like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are increasingly dominating the Internet.

But it is the "big six" that are the biggest concerns. When you control what Americans watch, hear and read you gain a great deal of control over what they think. They don't call it "programming" for nothing.

Back in 1983 it was bad enough that about 50 corporations dominated U.S. media. But since that time, power over the media has rapidly become concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people....

In 1983, fifty corporations dominated most of every mass medium and the biggest media merger in history was a $340 million deal. …
[I]n 1987, the fifty companies had shrunk to twenty-nine. … [I]n 1990, the twenty-nine had shrunk to twenty three. …
[I]n 1997, the biggest firms numbered ten and involved the $19 billion Disney-ABC deal, at the time the biggest media merger ever. …
[In 2000] AOL Time Warner’s $350 billion merged corporation [was] more than 1,000 times larger [than the biggest deal of 1983].

--Ben H. Bagdikian, The Media Monopoly, Sixth Edition, (Beacon Press, 2000), pp. xx—xxi

Today, six colossal media giants tower over all the rest. Much of the information in the chart below comes from mediaowners.com. The chart below reveals only a small fraction of the media outlets that these six behemoths actually own....

Time Warner
Home Box Office (HBO)
Time Inc.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
CW Network (partial ownership)
TMZ
New Line Cinema
Time Warner Cable
Cinemax
Cartoon Network
TBS
TNT
America Online
MapQuest
Moviefone
Castle Rock
Sports Illustrated
Fortune
Marie Claire
People Magazine

Walt Disney
ABC Television Network
Disney Publishing
ESPN Inc.
Disney Channel
SOAPnet
A&E
Lifetime
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Buena Vista Theatrical Productions
Buena Vista Records
Disney Records
Hollywood Records
Miramax Films
Touchstone Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Buena Vista Games
Hyperion Books

Viacom
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Home Entertainment
Black Entertainment Television (BET)
Comedy Central
Country Music Television (CMT)
Logo
MTV
MTV Canada
MTV2
Nick Magazine
Nick at Nite
Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon
Noggin
Spike TV
The Movie Channel
TV Land
VH1

News Corporation
Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Fox Television Stations
The New York Post
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Beliefnet
Fox Business Network
Fox Kids Europe
Fox News Channel
Fox Sports Net
Fox Television Network
FX
My Network TV
MySpace
News Limited News
Phoenix InfoNews Channel
Phoenix Movies Channel
Sky PerfecTV
Speed Channel
STAR TV India
STAR TV Taiwan
STAR World
Times Higher Education Supplement Magazine
Times Literary Supplement Magazine
Times of London
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
20th Century Fox International
20th Century Fox Studios
20th Century Fox Television
BSkyB
DIRECTV
The Wall Street Journal
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Interactive Media
FOXTEL
HarperCollins Publishers
The National Geographic Channel
National Rugby League
News Interactive
News Outdoor
Radio Veronica
ReganBooks
Sky Italia
Sky Radio Denmark
Sky Radio Germany
Sky Radio Netherlands
STAR
Zondervan

CBS Corporation
CBS News
CBS Sports
CBS Television Network
CNET
Showtime
TV.com
CBS Radio Inc. (130 stations)
CBS Consumer Products
CBS Outdoor
CW Network (50% ownership)
Infinity Broadcasting
Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books, Scribner)
Westwood One Radio Network

NBC Universal
Bravo
CNBC
NBC News
MSNBC
NBC Sports
NBC Television Network
Oxygen
SciFi Magazine
Syfy (Sci Fi Channel)
Telemundo
USA Network
Weather Channel
Focus Features
NBC Universal Television Distribution
NBC Universal Television Studio
Paxson Communications (partial ownership)
Trio
Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Pictures
Universal Studio Home Video

wta_zuperfann
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:21 AM
Good thing we have the Internet so that we can watch BBC, Deutsche Welle, or some other source online so that we can get a more balanced view of things.

Melange
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:56 PM
The conservatives will do as much damage to the BBC as they can under the cover of 'budget cuts' to help their media owning supporters.

njnetswill
Apr 8th, 2011, 12:06 AM
Looks like Disney is the least offensive of the 6. Although some people would consider Lifetime movies unbearably offensive.

Sean.
Apr 8th, 2011, 02:24 AM
Good thing we have the Internet so that we can watch BBC, Deutsche Welle, or some other source online so that we can get a more balanced view of things.

Interesting. Do many Americans watch the BBC? Us Brits don't appreciate it enough!

njnetswill
Apr 8th, 2011, 03:18 AM
Interesting. Do many Americans watch the BBC? Us Brits don't appreciate it enough!

I love the BBC :hearts:

Their news programming can get a little repetitive but it beats most of the ridiculousness we get here. :o

Plus they have awesome shows :hearts:

pov
Apr 8th, 2011, 02:47 PM
Interesting. Do many Americans watch the BBC? Us Brits don't appreciate it enough!
I don't know if "many" would be accurate. I'd guess that those who do are mostly liberal/progressive. In the USA there is also a lot of people who dislike public broadcasting. I think it comes from a focus on individual liberty. However, somehow that focus has been translated to include the mega-corporations.

*JR*
Apr 8th, 2011, 04:05 PM
Interesting. Do many Americans watch the BBC? Us Brits don't appreciate it enough!

I regularly listen to "The Beeb" (Newshour on the World Service). Though I'm still pissed that a few years ago they axed Presenter extraordinaire Judy Swallow, who I referred to as Songbird both because of her surname and "a voice that could melt an iceberg". I loved the way she'd say her name (sort of like SWAW-low) and "BBC Walled Service". She was a very tough interviewer too.

My second favourite there long was her fellow North American native Lyse Doucet (pronounced Lease Doo-SET; not "doo-SAY" like a Quebecois would pronounce it, her name reflects her Acadian heritage). Lyse used to present sometimes, but now mostly reports from the field (like Egypt during the revolution there) and I almost never hear her reports anymore, so she may even have left.
:confused:

One good recent reshuffle is that a Razia Iqbal second in having a silken voice :drool: only to Judy herself has gone from being the Arts Reporter to being a Presenter. Her BBC ex-husband is a trip, though: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1229873/Ive-arrested-times-tweets-Razia-Iqbals-husband.html :o

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 8th, 2011, 06:09 PM
Looks like Disney is the least offensive of the 6. Although some people would consider Lifetime movies unbearably offensive.

seriously they are :o