Television And Media

Authored by: Ays¸e Öncü


Print publication date:  June  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415558174
eBook ISBN: 9780203118399
Adobe ISBN: 9781136309649


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Contemporary media markets in Turkey can be described in terms of a number of salient features, including: 1) a very narrowly based but politically active press; 2) overwhelming dominance of commercial/tabloid television in the public arena; 3) media conglomerates with links in diverse sectors of the economy, most notably banking; and 4) political polarization in the public domain, with continuing struggles over media ownership and regulation. These salient features, particularly the first two, are remarkably similar to what Hallin and Mancini (2004) have delineated as the main characteristics of media systems in Southern Europe. However, as I will try to emphasize below, they have interacted with one another in historically specific ways within the wider context of political conflicts in Turkey, yielding a distinctive configuration.

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