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Itís the season for change agents. Helicoptered in from the home office, turn-around specialists are single-minded and short on patience. They prefer core businesses, preferably with fewer employees. Competitors, though, are happy to see them.
The great financial crisis has caused considerable pain in the media sector. And, too, thereís been the hysteria as new media takes more and more attention space. Buy the rumor, sell the facts, say the traders.
A great revival in media mergers and acquisitions seems ever so much closer. Financial markets are still fat with cash as are the big global media groups. Yet huge deals, big enough to rearrange the dinner table, remain just a shout away.
The Egyptian demonstrations were a perfect venue for the international cable news networks to unleash their mighty power of 24-hour continuous coverage, and the world has been well served. But who was best?
Big media deals come together for many reasons. Usually itís the money, sometimes itís the power. Almost always itís the trill of the really big deal.
What do you do if youíre a nation that doesnít think the worldís 24-hour English language global news networks are giving you a fair shake? Simple, you start your own English news channel. All you need is money and thatís what governments print so, no problem even in these days of counting pennies.
The relationship between the Turkish government and the country's media has gone from sour to simply rotten. Using a variety of judicial and administrative rulings, the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has chased journalists, television channels, newspapers and their owners giving the appearance, at the very least, of a war over words. International condemnation has little effect on a country - and leaders - moving in their own direction.
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