The Multimedia Monopoly

This page is badly in need of updating. A complete redesign wouldn't hurt either. But I have tendonitis, so it won't happen for a while.

I have put up a page with some comments on and links about the AOL Time Warner deal. I've also removed broken links from this page. (1-17-00)

In 1982, Ben Bagdikian wrote The Media Monopoly, an examination of the growing concentration of media ownership. At the time, he calculated that 50 corporations controlled half or more of the media business. He predicted then that eventually this number would fall to about half a dozen companies. This was greeted with skepticism at the time. When the last edition of the Media Monopoly was published by Beacon in 1993, the number had fallen to 20. Since then, there have been more mergers. Within the last year, this trend has accelerated with the passage of the telecom bill and mergers between CapCities/ABC and Disney and CBS and Westinghouse.

This page contains links to stories and background on the concentration of media ownership. This is just a start. I'll be adding more links over the next few weeks. There are related stories on my page on Telecom reform. All of the NPR stories from All Things Considered and Morning Edition are in Real Audio format . You can get a free Real Audio player for Macs and PCs.

The Media Monopoly