Beyond Monopoly: Mass Communications in an Age of Conglomerates
The last nine months or so have seen a spate of official documents dealing with various aspects of the mass media in Britain. Last year we had the Interim Report of the Royal Commission on the Press and the report of the Prime Minister’s working party on the film industry. The Annan Committee’s enquiry into the future of broadcasting has just come out, and the final report of the Press Commission is due in a couple of months. In Britain at least, this degree of concentrated governmental attention on questions of mass communications is pretty well unprecedented. Taken together these various reports present a massive amount of information and discussion of the present state of the British mass media, raising points that have not had much of an official airing before. On closer inspection however, their general framework of analysis turns out to be depressingly familiar and, we would argue, inadequate.
KeywordsFair Trading Trade Union Vote Share Mass Communication Public Ownership
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