Saturday, March 26, 2016

Media Corporation Cheat Sheet

Who Owns the Media?

Currently, over 90% of all media is owned by six different companies. These companies are known as the "Big Six," and have merged to create an oligarchy on the United States' information flow. In order for this blog to function, one must be able to recognize who the big corporations are and what media sources lie under their domain. For the sake of this blog, this post will highlight companies that operate mostly in the United States. 
It's important to note that News Corporation was split up in 2013 to create two separate companies, News Corp and 21st Century Fox. The two companies are now considered parent organizations of each other.
Also, although Viacom took control of CBS in 1971, as of 2005 the two companies have split from each other. Both Viacom and CBS are controlled by Sumner Redstone through her company called National Amusements. 
It's also important to note that this is not a complete list of what these companies are in control of; this blog post should be used as a general reference to determine what major company controls different news outlets. 

News Corp

  • The New York Post
  • Dow Jones and Company Consumer Media Group
    • The Wall Street Journal 
    • Wall Street Journal Europe
    • Wall Street Journal Asia
    • Barron's
    • Marketwatch
    • Far Eastern Economic Review
    • Financial News
  • Dow Jones and Company Enterprise Media Group
    • Dow Jones Newswires
    • Factiva
    • Dow Jones Indexes
    • Dow Jones Financial Information Services
    • Betten Financial News
  • Community Newspaper Group
    • The Brooklyn Paper
    • Courier-Life Publications
    • TimesLedger Newspapers
    • Bronx Times Reporter Inc. 
    • The Corning Leader

21st Century Fox

  • 20th Century Fox
  • Fox News Group
    • Fox News Channel
    • Fox Business Network
  • Fox Television Stations
  • Fox Broadcasting Company 

The Walt Disney Company

  • ABC Television Group
    • American Broadcasting Company
    • ABC News
      • ABC News Radio
      • ABC News One
      • Fusion Media Network
    • ABC Enterprises
  • A&E Networks (Joint Ownership with Hearst Corporation)
    • A&E Network
    • History Network
      • History Channel
      • Viceland
    • Lifetime Entertainment Systems
      • Lifetime
      • Lifetime Real Women
      • Lifetime Radio for Women
      • Lifetime Press
      • Lifetime Digital
    • Vice Media Inc. (10% share ownership)
  • ABC Entertainment Group
    • ABC Digital
    • ABC Entertainment
  • ESPN Inc. (80% share ownership)


  • Viacom Media Networks
    • Music and Entertainment
      • MTV
      • VH1
      • Logo
      • Palladia
      • Comedy Central
      • Spike
    • Family Entertainment
      • Nickelodeon
      • TeenNick
      • CMT
    • BET
  • Atom Entertainment


  • Radio
    • CBS Radio
    • Eventful
    • CBS Altitude Group
  • Internet
    • CBS Interactive
    • CBSN
    • CBS Local
    • CNET
  • Television
    • CBS
    • CBS Television Stations
    • Showtime
    • Pop
  • Westinghouse Licensing Corporation 

Time Warner

  • HBO
  • Turner Entertainment Networks
    • truTV
    • TBS
    • TNT
    • TCM
    • WPCH
    • Cartoon Network
    • Adult Swim
  • CNN News Group
    • CNN U.S.
    • HLN
    • KBEH (co-owned by Viacom)
    • CNN Radio
    • CNN Digital Network
      • iReport
      • CNN Mobile
      • CNN Newsource 
      • CNN Wire
    • Turner Private Networks
      • Airport Network
      • AccentHealth Waiting Room Television Network
      • Turner Inflight Services
      • Amtrak Acela Network
      • The Checking Network
    • Website Services
      • Crime Library
      • CNN Pipeline
  • Time Inc.
    • Time Magazine


  • NBCUniversal
    • NBC Advertising Sales
    • NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
    • Telemundo Station Group
    • NBC Television Distribution
    • NBCUniversal Digital Entertainment Special Events
    • NBC Entertainment
      • NBC
      • NBC Studios
      • Universal Television
    • NBCUniversal News Group
      • NBC News
      • CNBC
      • MSNBC
      • Peacock Productions
      • The Weather Company
        • The Weather Channel
    • NBCUniversal Cable
      • Bravo
      • E!
      • USA Network
      • CNBC World

These Are the Companies That Control Our Media

These seven companies control over 90% of all American media. What's even more shocking is that Viacom and CBS are both controlled by one person, Sumner Redstone, and 21st Century Fox and News Corp are both controlled by Rupert Murdoch. Comcast, as opposed to being controlled by only one person, is primarily dominated by the Robert's Family.
Since radio is one of the most powerful news media sources, the company iHeartMedia deserves an honorable mention, since it has dominated the radio by owning over 850 radio stations in the fifty states reaching over 110 million listeners daily.
Another honorable mention should go to Arthur Ochs Sulzeberger Jr. who owns The New York Times Company, which reaches millions of readers daily as well. 
Over 90% of the media is owned by three families and a handful of shareholders. 

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