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Diversity, Distribution, and Definitions of ?Media?

Woods, L (2015) 'Diversity, Distribution, and Definitions of ?Media?' In: Barnett, S and Townend, J, (eds.) Media Power and Plurality: From Hyperlocal to High-level Policy. Palgrave Macmillan, 31 - 44. ISBN 978-1-349-50664-4

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Typically discussion around media pluralism has focused on the variety of content available to consume, using the tools of internal and external diversity: external diversity has been linked specifically to media ownership, and internal diversity to regulation. In reality, the boundaries are not so clear-cut. The focus of this chapter is on structural controls, whether seen as regulatory or competition-based: either by providing for specific limitations on media ownership, or by including pluralism or public interest considerations in the general merger regime. Although competition regimes themselves have changed ? reflecting a greater emphasis on economic analysis alone ? over the years there has been a preference towards general regimes and market-led approaches. Thus, Harastzi (2011, p. 9) argued that, ?[i]n the digital and Internet era, with the number of accessible channels and audiovisual platforms multiplying by the year, urgency for detailed regulation ? the bulk of which is aimed at avoiding political domination ? will fade.?

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2016 17:31
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:20

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