Undermining media diversity: inaction on media concentrations and pluralism in the EU

Doyle, G. (2007) Undermining media diversity: inaction on media concentrations and pluralism in the EU. European Studies: A Journal of European Culture, History and Politics, 24, pp. 135-156.

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Abstract

In the context of European media and cultural policy-making, the impetus to protect diversity is at least partly a reflection of recurrent concerns about concentrations of media and cross-media ownership across Europe. Such concerns have regularly spurred the European Parliament into calling on the Commission to take action. For example, in Parliament's recent response to the UNESCO initiative on Cultural Diversity, it again urged the Commission to take steps to counter concentrations of media ownership that may pose a threat to pluralism (EP, 2003). But a range of serious practical and political obstacles stand in the way of any possible harmonising initiative in this area. This article examines the European Union's efforts to work towards a pan-European policy on media ownership and the many difficulties and conflicts that have accompanied this process. It concludes that the Commission's long-standing record of inaction on the question of media concentrations and pluralism is unlikely to change any time soon.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Doyle, Professor Gillian
Authors: Doyle, G.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:European Studies: A Journal of European Culture, History and Politics
ISSN:1568-1858

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