The commercial and legal control of interpersonal and mass communication technologies by individuals, corporations, and/or governments. This is not an issue of mere resources since there is also a political dimension to this ‘control’ which threatens the pluralism of democratic societies. Corporate mergers and media convergence therefore prompt debates over media concentration versus pluralism and over the acceptable connotations of control versus regulated stewardship. See fourth estate; media mogul; press baron; public service broadcasting; public sphere; regulation; see also cross-media ownership; diagonal integration; diversification; horizontal integration; market model; media controls; vertical integration.
http://www.cjr.org/resources/ Who owns what?
Subjects: Media Studies.