This is a guest post by Dave Boyle, a experienced community organiser who is trying to revitalise local media from the bottom up. He believes that community ownership of local media groups can make them both profitable and accountable. We…
"[Murdoch said] if we couldn't change our European policies his papers could not and would not support the Conservative government."
John Major at the Leveson Inquiry
I have never asked a prime minister for anything."
Britain's news is highly concentrated: 75% of Britain's national newspaper circulation is in the hands of 4 companies, while 34% is controlled by just one man, Rupert Murdoch. This kind of concentration has serious consequences for democracy, because it gives the owners and editors of those newspapers huge influence over the political process. Despite Murdoch's denials, John Major's claim that the mogul withdrew the support of his papers in 1997 because he refused to change his policy on Europe is undoubtedly the tip of the iceberg.
In this section you'll find articles on the causes and consequences of media concentration, methods of measurement, and specific issues such as the BSkyB take-over bid and the BBC. You can download our ownership briefing, which includes our ideas about fixed ownership limits and extra obligations for large media companies.