Chapter 6: Regulating media concentration in a converging media environment
Chapter 6 analyses media concentration, arguing that it remains a major policy issue in the Internet environment. After arguing the importance of ensuring a multiplicity of voices in the media for underpinning democracy, the chapter explains why the media are particularly prone to economic pressures towards concentration. It then explores trends in media concentration and its regulation in the US and in Europe, showing how the common trend has been the progressive de-regulation of sector-specific structural rules designed to limit media concentration, the ideological force for which has been a neo-liberal policy turn from the 1980s on and the principle argument against them being their alleged inappropriateness in the converging new media environment. The chapter examines the viewpoint that the Internet has a pluralising impact, showing that concentration persists and therefore still needs addressing through policy and regulation. The chapter concludes by suggesting some policy pointers.
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