Media Ownership

Who owns, controls, or influences media outlets.

Differing Perspectives on Deregulation – Looking at Comments on FCC’s Proposal to Modify Rules on Public Notice of Broadcast Applications

While some might think that the business of deregulation is easy, that usually is not the case, as comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s proposals to modify the public notice requirements for broadcast applications make clear. In a N

Comcast already on pace to spend $50B on networks, despite Title II rollback promise

Despite tying a projected five-year capital expenditure figure of $50 billion to the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to roll back its net neutrality mandates, an analysis of Comcast’s capital expenditures (capex) reveals that t

AT&T sued over layoffs—after promising more investment because of tax cut

AT&T was sued by a workers' union that is trying to stop the company from instituting what it calls a "massive layoff." Thousands of employees are reportedly being laid off by the company, which reported $39.7 billion in revenue and $6.4 billi

Study: Competition between TV stations spurs investigative journalism

[Commentary] My research suggests that managers of local television, the most popular news source in the US, recognize the competitive value of investigative reports (I measured competition as the degree of similarity between stations in Nielsen m

Mighty Mouse: Disney, Fox, and the Future of TV

What does this megadeal tell us about the future of TV?

What Net Neutrality Really Means For You (And For Us)

[Commentary] The repeal of network neutrality isn’t great news for consumers.

A Sneak Preview of 2018 Netflix Films and a Canine Secret Weapon

As 2017 grinds to a halt, two media business stories promise to have a substantial impact on streaming video. 1) The Federal Communications Commission voted on Dec.

Five regulatory fights facing tech in 2018

Here are five fights the tech world will be watching closely in 2018:

  1. Net neutrality
  2. Election transparency
  3. AT&T-Time Warner merger
  4. Cryptocurrency
  5. Sex-trafficking

Holiday Handouts: How the FCC Gave Gifts to Sinclair and Lumps of Coal for Consumers

At the end of the day, each action the Federal Communications Commission took described below has furthered Sinclair’s efforts to merge with Tribune at the expense of consumers.

Rupert Murdoch and President Trump: A Friendship of Convenience

For decades, Rupert Murdoch has used his media properties to establish a direct line to Australian and British leaders.