Revision of Media Laws and Cross-Ownership of Newspaper and Broadcasting in 2009



As media convergence proceeded, cross-media ownership regulation eased globally. The conservative Korean government realized the importance of revitalizing the media industry by relaxing media ownership and regulation. After intense debate, the government amended media laws to allow newspaper and broadcasting firms to cooperate with each other and to grow into a media conglomerate. The progressive opposition party and civil society opposed against this trend, wary of a possible monopoly of public opinion. To ensure diversity of public opinion, the government established a media diversity committee as well as an audience-share regulation system. The media market expanded as a result of the easing of media ownership regulations. In particular, newspaper companies were able to provide general programming channels and to have the opportunity to grow into a media group.

Reference I

Reference II (In Korean)

  1. Noam, E., and The International Media Concentration Collaboration. 2016. Who Owns the World’s Media? Media Concentration and Ownership around the World. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Kim, Y.H. 2010. Conflict Resolution in the Legislative Process: Circumstances and Problems in the Republic of Korea. Ewha Law Journal 14 (3), Ewha Legal Science Institute.Google Scholar
  3. Korea Information Society Development Institute. 2011–2015. Survey of Audience Satisfaction Index (KI; Korea Communications Commission Index). Seoul: Korea Information Society Development Institute.Google Scholar
  4. Korea Press Association. 2009. Survey of Professionals and Academics Opinions on Media Law. Seoul: Korea Press Association.Google Scholar
  5. Liberal Solidarity. 2004. Founding Statement of Liberal Solidarity, November 23. Seoul.Google Scholar
  6. National Union of Mediaworkers. 2008. How Do Conglomerates, Conservative Newspapers, and Foreign Capital Promote Press Freedom? December 3. Seoul.Google Scholar
  7. Public Opinion Concentration Research Committee. 2015. Public Opinion Concentration Research Committee Report. Seoul: Public Opinion Concentration Research Committee.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Inha UniversityIncheonKorea (Republic of)

Personalised recommendations