Ongoing Series: Media Deconsolidation
Led by Adam Thierer, this series represents an effort to set the record straight regarding the many myths surrounding the media marketplace spready by radical anti-media regulatory activists—the “media reformistas.” We aim to debunk the notion that rampant consolidation is taking place and that media operators are only growing larger and devouring more and more companies. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Over the past several years, traditional media operators and sectors have been coming apart at the seams in the face of unprecedented innovation and competition. The volume of divestiture activity has been quite intense, and most traditional media operators have been getting smaller, not bigger. As a result, America’s media marketplace is growing more fragmented and atomistic with each passing day.
Anyway, here’s the series so far…
- Part 26: “Information Control” Fantasies
- Part 24: I Read the News Today, Oh Boy
- Part 23: Cox Selling Most of its Newspapers
- Part 22: TW spin-off of cable unit
- Part 21: TW spin-off of AOL
- Part 20: News Corp spins off 8 TV stations
- Part 19: IAC/Interactive Corp. divides by 5
- Part 18: Scripps Splits
- Part 17: Clear Channel Station Sell-off
- Part 16: Clear Channel Crackup
- Part 15: AOL-TW Divorce Near?
- Part 14: Time Warner Without Time?
- Part 13: Tribune Considering Major Downsizing
- Part 12: Time Warner President Calls Synergy “Bull—t”
- Part 11: Knight Ridder’s Coming Crackup
- Part 10: Viacom’s Breakup Official
- Part 9: Viacom’s Split
- Part 8: Time Warner Spin Off of AOL Likely
- Parts 6 & 7: Emmis & Disney Divestitures
- Part 5: “Clear Channel to Dismantle Media Empire”
- Part 4: Is News Corp. Next to Downsize?
- Still More on Media Deconsolidation
- More on Media (De)Consolidation
- Stop This Insane Media De-Consolidation!
- What the Media Reformistas Really Want
- Your Soapbox is My Soapbox! Thoughts on the Media Access Movement
- BOOK: Media Myths: Making Sense of the Debate over Media Ownership (2005)
- SPECIAL REPORT: Media Metrics: The True State of the Modern Media Marketplace (2008)
- BOOK: A Manifesto for Media Freedom (Adam Thierer & Brian Anderson, 2008).