Posted in Markets & Players

What Happens When Media Oligarchs Go Shopping?

Mighty, politically well-connected oligarchs are in the mood for retail therapy, and their targets are media outlets. Their influence over journalism has begun to reach…

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Posted in Lousy Journalists

Sky News Investigative Report Turns out to Be Bogus

In a report aired last Sunday, British broadcaster Sky News claimed that “gun dealers in Romania are willing to sell illegal weapons to anyone, including terrorists.” It…

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Posted in Public Media

South African Public Broadcaster Rocked by Political Brawls

South Africa’s public broadcaster is going through yet another crisis as the government gears up for elections. The scandal may cost the broadcaster hefty audiences….

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Posted in Markets & Players

America’s Advertising Agencies Funnel Ad Cash to Their Own Media

Ad agencies in America have been increasingly buying stock in media companies to secure slots for their clients’ ads. Nothing would be wrong with that…

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Posted in Local Reporter Markets & Players

Czech News Website Motejlek in Disarray After Founder’s Decamping

The Czech server Motejlek.com is a rare success story of paid online news. The departure of its founder is likely to harm the site –…

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Posted in Local Reporter

Slovak Prime Minister Wins Less Than Expected, Votes Go to Neo-Nazis

Slovakia’s election was not short of surprises with some gaining more votes and some less than expected. Prime-minister Robert Fico eventually won the election but…

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Posted in Media and Elections

Prime Minister’s War With Critical Journalists Puts off Slovak Voters

The Social-Democrat party Smer-SD in power in Slovakia now expects another victory in the upcoming elections on Saturday. But its leader’s unabated nastiness towards critical…

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Posted in Markets & Players Thinking Journalism

How to Fight Abuses of Media Power in UK: Be the Media, Know the Media, Change the Media

We have more media, but only a few very powerful companies controlling them. Can anything be done against this hegemony? Professor Des Freedman offers a…

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Posted in Public Media

Government Sacks Heads of Polish Public Media

TVP is to be headed by a politician. Poland’s President, Andrzej Duda signed a controversial law today that enables the conservative Law and Justice (PiS)…

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