Hot Topic - Media in Russia
Broadcasters can fall foul of regulators, even public opinion, for touching sensitive subjects. There can be fines and worse. Where broadcasting is under one thumb or another viewers search high and low for anything interesting, maybe controversial, sometimes annoying. But bland TV is never threatening.
Opportunity and cash are charting the ebb and flow of recent media transactions. With most developed markets, strategic investors are buyers and financial investors are sellers as valuations continue to rise. In developing markets, media asset values have plummeted to historic low levels, changing the equation. Speculators are having a field day.
Consolidation is a matter of course. In market economies, tough times force companies to expand cash-flow by acquisition. Better times encourage new entrants and new ideas. But where the media sector is viewed through a different prism consolidation is simply a matter of control.
Influence is a fundamental ambition for the news media. It can be mercurial. Highly influential new media covers two subjects more than most: business and gossip. Mixing them is the key to being highly cited.
The turns and twists continue apace from last yearís last weeks into this for media companies. New bosses are in. Old oneís out. Sometimes old oneís are back. If anything, thereís lots of shuffling, occasionally with lots of money and always with great connections.
Put a provocative title on a video clip, in context or not, and world wide attention on the world wide web is guaranteed. There are certainly a lot of people out there with nothing better to do. Ah, the viral flames; so creative, so very post-modern.
Itís far from uncommon for politicians to call meetings with key media executives, particularly with elections on the horizon. Itís different in the UK, as weíve seen, where Rupert Murdoch calls in the politicians. This meeting was a bit different, some witnesses calling it "strange."
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Media in Romania and Moldova
The profile of Romania's media scene is complicated. Changes take place often as multi-national media houses exit and "colorful" local owners take over. Neighboring Moldova faces its own set of challenges. This ftm Knowledge file details the rough road to sustainable media. Includes updated Resources. 60 pages PDF (February 2014)
Media in Bulgaria
Media in Bulgaria faces many challenges. After big media houses rushed in with EU accession recession, corruption and confusion have taken a toll. Yet the Bulgarian media landscape is unique and interesting. This ftm Knowledge file highlights this difficulties and opportunities. Includes updated Resources. 46 pages PDF (December 2013)
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