The Hot Potato

Cameroon
11 November 2018
One of the wealthiest media tycoons in Cameroon lands firmly into the government’s crosshairs as attacks on independent journalism intensify.
 
Slovakia
6 November 2018
Andrej Danko, head of the Slovak National Party (SNS), a right-wing political party now in the government coalition, believes that online media “can’t write what they want.”

Head Honchos

 
Jaromir Soukup
16 September 2018
Jaromir Soukup, owner of TV Barrandov in the Czech Republic, is building a media empire with Russian and Chinese money.

 

Bulgarian might
By Marius Dragomir
12 February 2018
One businessman has managed to bring both the state structures and big business in Bulgaria under his tight control. Media was a key piece of that puzzle.
 
Mouthpiece shopping
By Marius Dragomir
29 January 2018
A business group with far-right affinities buys The Nation, one of Thailand’s most respectable newspapers. This means that independent reporting is now likely to be whittled away.
 

Funding Journalism

Gates
By Ian Graham
10 September 2018
For nearly two decades, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent more on media partnerships than almost any other philanthropy. Interview with Miguel Castro of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The gift makers
By Ian Graham
1 September 2018
How should philanthropies with limited resources act to stem the tide of a global recession in independent journalism? Interview with Colombian journalist Maria Teresa Ronderos

Audiences

 
Tweeting in the Russian space
16 June 2018
Russian news outlets dominate on Twitter in the Russian Commonwealth - but media in smaller nations, including Moldova or Kyrgyzstan, are far more effective in controlling their domestic markets.
 
Arab tweets
22 February 2018
In the Arab world, global players still boast millions of Twitter followers, but a clutch of fast-growing news media from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Lebanon are making inroads into the region’s Twitter market, according to the Twitter News Index, released today by MediaPowerMonitor.
 
Asian likes
15 September 2017
Chinese and Indian news media command millions of followers on Facebook - but it is in the much tinier Myanmar where news media is really effective?
 
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Public Media

A rotten story
By Marius Dragomir
26 March 2018
Political enemies of Denmark’s public broadcaster DR are hatching plans to crop the station’s budget. A bellicose commercial media industry is going to bat for them.
 
Political football
By Marius Dragomir
15 January 2018
The management of RTVS, Slovakia’s public broadcaster, is poised to turn the station into a political enterprise. The recent cancellation of the station’s sole investigative journalism program is part of that strategy.
 
 
Right-wing attacks
By Marius Dragomir
5 March 2018
Recent attacks from right-wing politicians on Austria’s popular public broadcaster are raising alarming questions about the future of independent journalism in the country.
 
Public office, really
By Urmas Loit
4 May 2017
The appointment of a high government official in the body that governs Estonia’s public broadcaster is opening a can of worms. He promises to keep his two hats apart - but some people don’t trust him.
 
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TechBrain

Bad connections
By TechBrain
30 April 2018
More people read more news on mobile phones. That doesn’t mean that they get more informed.
 
Facelifts
By TechBrain
2 January 2018
Video-tampering technology is likely to take fake news manufacturing to a whole new level. For journalism, that is a game-changer.
 
Priceless
By TechBrain
15 April 2017
Internet companies and telcos are not particularly good at disclosing policies on freedom of expression and privacy. On a long-term basis, this could dent their sales.
 
Check out our TechBrain dossier

Insightful Journalism

MediaPowerMonitor was founded in 2015 by a group of writers concerned about the state of independent journalism and the thorny relations between media and the powers that be. In our collective experience, we have met and worked with hundreds of writers, journalists and researchers across the globe who closely follow these issues.

Industry News

United Kingdom
20 September 2018
A bidding war between media titans for Sky, a European satellite broadcaster, will be settled on Saturday in a rare auction of a public company, The Economist reported. British regulators announced the unusual decision yesterday, the climax of a high-stakes corporate drama pitting Rupert Murdoch of 21st Century Fox, which already owns 39% of Sky, against Brian Roberts of Comcast.
 
Brazil
15 September 2018
Shareholders in Oi, Brazil’s largest fixed-line telecoms operator, meet today to discuss a new capital injection, The Economist reported. In 2016 the company filed for bankruptcy amid Brazil’s worst-ever recession, saddled with BRL 65bn (US$ 16bn) of debt. It was Latin America’s largest corporate default. After months of delays resulting from Brazil’s byzantine bankruptcy laws, a rescue plan was approved by a court in January. In exchange for 75% of the company’s equity, creditors agreed to inject BRL 4bn in new capital to upgrade the firm’s mobile and broadband services, which lag behind its competitors’.
 
Sweden
By Helena Soderpalm, Olof Swahnberg
20 July 2018
Sweden’s Telia Company (TELIA.ST) announced a US$ 1bn deal to buy Bonnier Broadcasting on Friday, its second major acquisition in a week as the top Nordic telecoms operator looks to expand its media business.
Bonnier Broadcasting, owned by a prominent Swedish family, includes brands such as Swedish TV4 and streaming service C More and Finnish MTV.
 

Archives

As fake stories are flooding the Bulgarian internet, local journalists are responding by debunking lies and tracing the sources of misinformation. They are bracing up for a tough battle.
 
By Marius Dragomir
16 November 2017
The Hungarian government gobbles up media wherever its citizens live. With the recent expansion into Romania’s media, their control over the electorate is nearing completion.
 
By Marius Dragomir
15 October 2017
One would expect the richer western newsrooms to be more agile in commanding online audiences; however, it is news outlets in less developed markets that are far more effective in capturing audiences on Facebook.