Title

Prime-Time Television Program Ownership in a Post-Fin/Syn World

Publication Date

2009

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The expiration of the financial interest and syndication rules in 1995 ushered in a decade of television conglomeration in the United States. The elimination the rules fueled joint studio and network control and resulted in high concentration in prime-time program ownership. From 2004-05 through 2007-08, six corporations held a financial interest in between 89.4% and 94.7% of prime-time programs with attributable ownership on the debut broadcast schedules. Over the same seasons, the six corporations held an interest in between 87.0% and 93.9% of the scripted series and mini-series on prominent general entertainment premium and basic cable services.

Publication Title

Journal Of Broadcasting & Electronic Media

Volume

53

Issue

4

First Page

636

Last Page

651

DOI

10.1080/08838150903327181

Version

pre-print, post-print with 18-month embargo

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