There are plenty of independent media outlets around these days. But did you know that the majority of larger outlets are controlled by only a handful of corporations?
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To be clear, “media” in this context does not refer just to news outlets — it refers to any medium that controls the distribution of information. So here, “media” includes 24-hour news stations, newspapers, publishing houses, Internet utilities, and even video game developers.
In modern America, it feels like you have an unlimited variety of entertainment and media options right at your fingertips.
Television, film, and video game companies seem to come out of the woodwork in today’s startup-centric economy. Who knows what they’ll do next?
But while it may seem like you have limitless options, most of the media you consume is owned by one of six companies.
This infographic shows that almost all media comes from the same six sources.
- National AMUSEMENTS by Sumner Redstone
- DISNEY by Bob Iger
- TimeWarner by Jeff Bewkes
- Comcast by Brian L.Roberts
- Sony by Kazuo Hirai
- News Corp by Rupert Murdoch
This infographic from WebpageFX covers 6 companies that own almost all major news outlets: