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Ownership
Ownership

The question of media ownership has proved highly contentious in the British setting and poses a continuing problem for government media policy (Doyle, 2002: 83–138; Franklin, 2001: 146–160; Department of National Heritage, 1995). More specifically, policy debate has focused on the growing trends towards (1) the concentration of media ownership among a small (and decreasing) number of corporations and individual owners; and (2) cross-media ownership. Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation illustrates both trends by its ownership of a number of national newspapers along with the Sky satellite television channel: similarly, Richard Desmond owns the Daily Express, the Sunday Express, a portfolio of magazine titles (including Asian Babes) and a number of interactive ‘pay-to-view’ pornographic websites.

The objection of groups such as the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting ...

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