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The Application of EC Competition Policy to the Media Industry

Iosifidis, P. (2005). The Application of EC Competition Policy to the Media Industry. International Journal on Media Management, 7(3-4), pp. 103-111. doi: 10.1080/14241277.2005.9669426


This article examines whether EC competition policy and merger control provisions can prevent excessive market power and safeguard open access and consumer choice in the European media and communications industry. The study looks at the structure of the media industry and points to the amalgamation of corporate power. It assesses whether EC competition law and merger provisions can effectively address the dangers of ownership concentration and safeguard diversity of sources. A number of merger cases either blocked or allowed by the EC are reviewed in order to establish the level of competition. The article suggests that a more rigorous competition policy is required to guarantee competition and prevent domination in merger activity.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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