In the continuing series of Mega Media consolidation we come to
company #4. It's important to note this is not just the top 6,
this is THE 6. These companies literally own the vast majority
of major media outlets in the United States and abroad in some
cases. Over 90% in some markets. It is a group that increasingly
includes a singular voice that does not reflect the diversity that
America represents- both morally and ethnically. The research and
date is courtesy of stopbigmedia.com which is always on the Magical
Mystery Link roll here. - Jill
#4: NEWS CORP
2006 revenues: $25.3 billion
News Corporation's media holdings include: the Fox Broadcasting Company, television and cable networks such as Fox, Fox Business Channel, National Geographic and FX, 35 television stations, print publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, TVGuide, the magazines Barron's and SmartMoney, book publisher HarperCollins, film production companies 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Blue Sky Studios, numerous Web sites including MarketWatch.com, and non-media holdings including the National Rugby League.
Networks: Fox, Fox Business Channel, STAR (satellite television in Asia), Fox Movie Channel, Fox News Channel, Fox College Sports, Fox Sports Enterprises, Fox Regional Sports Networks (14 owned and operated), Fox Sports En Espanol, Fox Sports Net, Fox Sports Net Bay Area (40%), Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Reality, Fox Pan American Sports (38%), Premier Media Group (Australia 50%), Premium Movie Partnership (Australia 20%), Cine Canal (Latin America 23%), Telecine (Latin America 13%), FUEL TV, FX, National Geographic Channel (US 67% and Worldwide 50%), SPEED Channel, National Sports Partners, National Advertising Partners, My Network TV, Fox Television Studios
In the United States, News Corp. owns 35 television stations.
Europe: SKY Italia includes Sky Sport, Calcio Sky, Sky Cinema, Sky TG 24; British Sky Broadcasting (37%) includes Sky News, Sky Sports, Sky Travel, Sky One, Sky Movies
Latin America:Sky Latin America DBS Platforms include Brazil (Sky Brasil 50%), Irect TV Latin America
Asia:Space TV (India DBS 20%), Phoenix Satellite Television (38%), Hathway Cable and Datacom (26%), China Network Systems (17 affiliated cable systems), BSkyB (38%), DIRECTTV, SKY Italia.
United States: DIRECTV Group (38%)
Programming: Special Report with Brit Hume, Fox Report with Shepard Smith, On the Record With Greta Van Susteren, Fox News Sunday, The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes
Magazines: Barron's, SmartMoney, Big League, InsideOut, donna hay, News America Marketing (In-Store, FSI (SmartSource), SmartSource iGroup, News Marketing Canada), Alpha, The Weekly Standard, Gemstart — TV Guide International, Inc.(41%), The Weekend Australian Magazine, sundaymagazine, body + soul, STM (WA), home, TVGuide, News Magazine (Australia)
Australia/Asia: More than 110 titles including: Daily Telegraph, Fiji Times, Nai Lalakai, Shanti Dut, Gold Coast Bulletin, Herald Sun, Newsphotos, Newspix, Newstext, NT News, Papua New Guinea Post-Courier (63%), Sunday Herald Sun, Sunday Mail, Sunday Tasmanian, Sunday Times, Sunday Territorian, The Advertiser, The Australian, The Courier-Mail, The Mercury, The Sunday Mail, The Sunday Telegraph, Weekly Times, The Weekend Australian, MX, Brisbane News, Northern Territory News, Cumberland (NSW), Leader (VIC), Quest (QLD), Messenger (SA), Community (WA), Darwin Sun/Palmerson Sun (NT).
United Kingdom: News of the World, The Sun, The Sunday Times, The Times, News International
United States: Newspaper holdings include The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post; News Corp. also acquired the Ottoway group of community newspapers through its takeover of Dow Jones in 2007.
Books: HarperCollins Publishers, Zondervan.
Production and Distribution: Fox Film Entertainment: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, Fox 2000 Pictures, 20th Century Fox Espanol, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising, 20th Century Fox International, 20th Century Fox Television, Fox Television Studios, 20th Television, Regency Television (50%), Blue Sky Studios, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Music, Fox Studios Australia, Fox Studios Baja (Latin America), Canal Fox (Latin America), Balaji Telefilms (26%, Asia), 20th Century Fox Animation
Stations: Radio Veronica (Netherlands), Classic FM (Netherlands), Sky Radio Denmark, Sky Radio Germany, Sky Radio Netherlands. Sky Radio (93%).
Fox Interactive Media manages Fox's online holdings, which include MySpace.com, Scout.com (a college sports site), ign.com (internet gaming), Simply Hired (an online job search site), FoxSports.com, Fox News.com, Fox.com, Intermix, IGN.com, IGN.com.au, NYPost.com, MSN.Foxsports.com, WeeklyStandard.com, Broadsystem.com, NewsOptimus.co.uk, NewsOutdoor.com, RottenTomatoes, Scout.com, Fox.com, AmericanIdol.com, MarketWatch.com, Hulu.com (50%).
Fox is also now offering a mobile entertainment package called Mobizzo on Cingular and T-Mobile phones.
International media companies: News Limited (Australia), News Optimus Ltd. (in UK).
Outdoor advertising: News Outdoor.
Sports: National Rugby League, Stats, Inc..
Misc.: Nursery World, Stats, Inc., Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. (41%), NDS (74%), Staples Center (40%).
Europe: NDS (76%), Broadsystem Ventures, Convoys Group, News Outdoor Group (75%), Balkan News Corporation
Australia and New Zealand: News Interactive, Sky Network Television Limited (44%).