This book overviews and reconsiders media organizations - the news agencies - which report and film the news for the press and broadcast media. Incorporating institutional, historical, political economic and cultural studies perspectives, the book: reviews agency provision of general news, video news and financial news; analyzes agency-state relations through periods of dramatic social upheaval; and critically examines the impact of deregulation and globalization on the news agency business. Contributors consider how leading players like Reuters and Associated Press help to define the nature of both the Global and the Local as well as focusing on the network of relations between international and national agencies. The book

Chapter 7: From Dictatorship to Democracy

From Dictatorship to Democracy

From dictatorship to democracy
IngridSchulze-Schneider

The historical relationship between the Spanish state and its most important news agency differs considerably from the links that bound the great international news enterprises of Havas, Reuter and Wolff to their respective governments. The reasons lie in the difficult political and social circumstances which marked Spanish history in the second half of the 19th century. A remarkable outcome of this history is that a country whose internal and international news gathering was once largely controlled by the major news agency of a foreign power (France) should now, in conditions of relatively secure democracy, boast an agency mainly owned by the state, yet which has become the first primarily Spanish-language global agency, possibly the most important source of ...

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