Broadcasting and New Media Policies in Western Europe
Published June 1st 2002 by Routledge – 368 pages
Murdoch, Maxwell, Hersant, Berlusconi, Bertelsmann, Springer and Turner … in the 1980s new actors emerged to exploit the opportunities in European broadcasting, provided by the new technologies of satellite and cable. Dramatic political, economic and cultural consequences were promised and are already being addressed by public policy. This book analyses and interprets the development of regulatory policies in Western Europe in response to these new phenomena.
`[The authors'] tone is one of cool and judicious detachment. But this is no dry-as-dust academic tome. It catches the flavour of the shifting struggle for domination, the high-powered politicking, the secret financial deals and the alliances which are made one day and dissolved the next. The writing is sharp and penetrating and the research upon which it is based has clearly been remarkably thorough … it makes an invaluable contribution to the understanding of developments which will have major and not altogether welcome consequences for European culture.' - International Affairs