Head Honchos

 
The Cyprus Mail deal
3 March 2019
 
A wealthy and influential lawyer buys the sole English newspaper in Cyprus. The real motive: cleaning his digital record.
 
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.
 

Audiences

News Media on European Twitter
13 February 2019
Large, established media, including public service outlets, dominate the Twitter market in much of Western Europe, but less in the east.
 
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.

The Hot Potato

Ukraine
6 February 2019
 
The director of Ukraine’s public broadcaster UA:PBC, a feisty and forthright journalist, is given the boot as the country prepares for presidential elections.

Newspapers in Pakistan
20 December 2018
 
A major media group in Pakistan shuts down five of its publications as journalism crisis in the country worsens.

Hungary
2 December 2018
 
Hungary’s pro-government media outlets get together to create a powerful media conglomerate. The stink of the old communist days is in the air.

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.

Donors
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

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.
 
See more stories about public media

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

Industry News

Slovenia
18 January 2019
Broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises (CME) (CETV.O) (CETV.PR) announced that it will keep its Slovenian television networks. The decision was made after a long-running regulatory process held up plans to pay down debt, according to Reuters. More
 
India
14 January 2019
India’s Bharti Airtel (BRTI.NS) is in talks to buy Telkom Kenya, the East African nation’s smallest telecoms operator, to create a stronger challenger to market leader Safaricom (SCOM.NR), three industry sources told Reuters on Monday. More

Archives

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.

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.
 
 
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