Italian Media Regulator Blocks Vivendi’s Italian Expansion

April 18, 2017/ By Variety Italian media regulator Agcom has ruled that French media conglomerate Vivendi’s expansion into Italy where it has built large stakes in both Telecom Italia and broadcaster Mediaset violates the country’s anti-trust laws and given Vivendi one year to reduce its stake in one of the two companies. The decision marks…

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Bulgaria, “quasi-media” on the rise

April 13, 2017/ By Mediapool The growing presence of political and corporate propaganda in Bulgaria’s media is the most obvious indicator of the ongoing transformation in media ownership in the country. The market is increasingly occupied by the so-called “quasi-media”, pro-government propaganda agents and publications that carry out smear campaigns against politicians, journalists, and newspapers…

Ensuring media diversity and plurality in Norway

April 10, 2017/ By LSE Norway has a multi-party parliamentary system with a minority government coalition currently based on the Conservative Party and the populist Progress Party. The appointment of independent committees to gather information, analyze current challenges and propose new policy instruments is a stable feature of the political system. The ensuing reports are…