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Media in the Middle East and North Africa

Government minders take over news outlet, others blocked
"It sucks, to be honest"


Media in China

Academics push publisher to reverse decision allowing censorship
What is and is not important


ftm Radio Page
Radio in Switzerland

Broadcaster pushes the restart button, resurrects former brand
"sharing of opinions"

Shifting audience hurts public broadcasters
momentum and minutes lost

Radio in the UK

The New Digital Rules Aren't Digital At All
kids do the darndest digital things Brand loyalty continues to challenge the media sphere. Those darned young people are brand switchers. They see media brands differently, some say, identifying more with digital platforms and smartphone apps. Legacy media brands are doomed, say the same prophets of digital wisdom. Alas, media consumers arenít paying attention.

Radio in France

Audience faces the music and turns away
slogans to change?

Audience disappears, broadcasters complain, retrench
time to reflect

Radio in Italy

Rebuff or just hesitation from troubled publisher
"repeatedly stated"

Media in Turkey

Journalism on trial, and it is a total mess
"Surreal even by its own standards"

Social Media Doesnít Kill The News Media, It Raises The Game
Istanbul demo A sharp eye is not needed to see a strong relationship between new media growth and repressed news environments. Or is it fragmented societies in anxious times seeking out information silos? Or is it opportunistic propagandists looking to tear apart civil societies? All of this, certainly, and thereís more to come. Some of it could actually be quite good.

  • See also in Resources

    Turkey - Market Data (August 2016)
    population, GDP, GNI, advertising, internet penetration, mobile subscriptions, social media, press freedom, corruption

TV Land

Pay TV Falters, Draws Complaints As Linear TV Holds Its Own
the customer is what? TV land has never been so complicated. Viewers can find everything and anything, everyday and any time, on wall-sized screens or wallet-sized. Take your pick, the TV folks have it all.




The Happy Advertising People

Ideas May Change Day By Day But Advertising Is Forever
ad bus Advertising people, happy as always, trade in ideas, presented creatively. They also sell all sorts of stuff, proclaiming their creativity as beneficial or, at least, benign. Over the decades their efforts have undergone adjustments, sometimes by legal boundaries such as prohibitions on tobacco ads and sometimes by social convention. Ad-supported media businesses, then, grumble about losing money.

Public Broadcasting

Politicians seeking shade complain about public broadcasters
envy and resentment


Fake News, Hate Speech and Propaganda

Reporter's question provokes far-right outrage, violent threats
familiar path followed

  • See also in ftm Knowledge

    Fake News, Hate Speech and Propaganda – new
    The institutional threat of fake news, hate speech and propaganda is testing the mettle of those who toil in news media. Those three related evils are not new, by any means, but taken together have put the truth and those reporting it on the back foot. Words matter. This ftm Knowledge file explores that light. 48 pages, PDF (March 2017)

    Order here

Media in Russia

With a thumb firmly on traditional media, online media under greater pressure: report
"blatant misinformation"


Video on Demand

The new media star roars, money leaps
"conditioned response"