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

From State Socialism to Deregulation

From state socialism to deregulation
UllamaijaKivikuru

New information technology, together with increased commercialization has changed the mediascape of Africa radically in recent years. However, the most drastic changes are man-made, not technological. The mediascape has altered because of political changes, but news agencies are as they have always been: poorly resourced, badly run, and commanding little respect. As we see in a number of chapters in this volume, the overall progress towards liberalization of the media in countries where they were once heavily state-controlled poses significant difficulties of survival for the particular species of medium which is the news agency and the particular species of national news which they carry.

If the 1960s was the decade of political struggle for liberation in sub-Saharan ...

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