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Media & Advertising groups

Profiles and notes on this site

This site offers profiles of current and past major media groups. It also offers less detailed notes.


Those groups encompass the production and distribution of -

  • books, newspapers, journals, consumer magazines and comics
  • online content
  • recorded music
  • film and video
  • radio and television broadcast content
  • theatrical content and operation of theme parks
  • computer games

There is complementary coverage of major advertising groups.

List of profiled media groups

This list covers active and defunct media organisations from the public and private sectors -

  • ABC and SBS - public broadcasters in Australia
  • ABC - the US ABC commercial network, now part of Disney
  • Abril - press and broadcast conglomerate active in South America and the EU
  • Advance and Newhouse - a dominant US magazine and newspaper publisher
  • AHL - Australian cinema group
  • Al-Jazeera - Middle Eastern broadcaster
  • Alma - Baltic broadcasting and print conglomerate
  • Amaury - French publishing and events management group
  • American Media - Generoso Pope, National Enquirer and the American Media group
  • Annenberg - the former US magazine, newspaper and broadcast group
  • Anschutz - US newspaper and entertainment venue group
  • AOL - America Online, subsequently merged with Time Warner
  • APN - Australasia's largest operator in regional newspapers, radio broadcasting and outdoor advertising
  • A-Pressen - Norwegian media group
  • Archant - UK newspaper group
  • Asahi - Japanese print, property and broadcast group
  • Asper and CanWest Global - the Canada-based newspaper and broadcasting group with major television and radio interests in Australia and New Zealand
  • Astors - the former UK publishing dynasty
  • Astral Media - Canadian radio and pay-tv group
  • Aust Networks - the adventures of Lowy, Skase, Holmes a Court and Bond in commercial broadcasting in Australia
  • Axel Springer - European publishing and broadcasting
  • Azteca - Mexican commercial television and radio broadcaster and audiovisual producer
  • Bayard - magazine and newspaper publisher
  • BBC - UK public broadcaster
  • Beaverbrook - a Murdoch precursor
  • CTVglobemedia, Bell Globemedia and BCE - Canadian newspapers, web portals and television
  • Belo - US newspaper and television operator
  • Berlusconi - Italy's Citizen Kane, sans rosebud
  • Bertelsmann and Gruner & Jahr - from bibles to one of the big three media conglomerates
  • Black - Hollinger group, Conrad Black and the Barclay brothers
  • Black Press - minor US newspaper publisher
  • Block - Toledo Blade and other Block family properties
  • Bloomberg - the US financial data services network
  • Bollore - French conglomerate
  • Bonnier - Scandinavian book, magazine, newspaper and broadcast group
  • Burda - German printing, magazine and broadcasting group
  • Cablevision - US cable television and content group
  • Capstar, Chancellor and Hicks Muse Tate & Furst
  • Carlton - UK broadcaster, publisher and film producer
  • CBC - public broadcasting in Canada
  • CBS - the US media group that has been absorbed by Viacom and Sony
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • CHUM - Canadian broadcasting network
  • Cisneros - Venezuela-based broadcast, online, retail and beverage conglomerate
  • Citadel - US radio network
  • Clear Channel - arguably the world's largest radio broadcaster (1,200+ stations), with a substantial Australian presence and dwarfing US competitors such as Entercom and Citadel
  • Cogeco - Canadian broadcast and cable network
  • Comcast - US cable television and programming group
  • Cox - US print, broadcasting and telecommunications group
  • Crowell-Collier - former US publishing and broadcasting groups
  • Cumulus - US broadcasting
  • Curtis - US publishing
  • DC Thomson - Scottish newspaper group
  • Disney - US media conglomerate
  • DMG, Rothermere and Northcliffe
  • Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal
  • DuMont Schauberg - German newspaper and book publisher
  • Edipresse - Swiss publishing
  • Egmont - Danish publishing
  • Elsevier - one of the big three of technical publishing
  • EMAP - Anglo-French broadcaster and newspaper/magazine publisher
  • EMI - Anglo-US music recording and publishing group
  • Emmis - minor US broadcaster and publisher
  • Entercom - US broadcast
  • Fairfax and Syme
  • Financial Times and the Economist
  • Fleet Street - who was who before everyone moved to Wapping
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and its precedecessor the Frankfurter Zeitung
  • Freedom and Hoiles - US publishing
  • Fujisankei
  • Gannett - publishing
  • GateHouse (formerly LGP) and Purcell - US newspaper groups
  • GCap Media - UK radio network formed through merger of GWR Group and Capital Radio
  • Globo Media - Latin American conglomerate
  • Granada - UK group that is a predecessor of ITV plc
  • Guardian, CP Scott and the Observer
  • Hachette, Lagardere, Wendel Investissement, Editis and Prouvost
  • Harte-Hanks - US publishing
  • Hearst - US publishing and broadcast
  • the New York Herald-Tribune, the IHT, James Gordon Bennett, John Hay Whitney and Whitelaw Reid
  • Hersant, Dassault and Socpresse
  • Holtzbrinck - German and Anglo publishing
  • IDG - publishing
  • Iliffe, Camrose, Kemsley and Hulton
  • Ingersoll, PM and the Journal Register group
  • ITV plc - UK commercial television
  • Johnston - UK newspaper publisher
  • Journal Communications - US mini-conglomerate centred on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
  • Kirch, Saban, Formula 1 and EM.TV
  • Wolters Kluwer - publishing
  • Knight-Ridder - US newspaper group acquired and disassembled in 2006
  • Landmark - US newspaper publisher and broadcaster
  • L'Espresso - Italian publisher and broadcaster
  • Le Monde and Le Temps
  • LGP and Purcell - US newspaper groups
  • Libération and L'Humanité
  • Liberty - US and EU cable and satellite television group. There is a supplementary note on AT&T
  • LIN Broadcasting and LIN TV - US broadcasting groups
  • Live Nation - US-based live entertainment management and venues group
  • Loews - conglomerate that has embraced cinema, tobacco, insurance, pipelines, watches, hotels and broadcasting
  • Macquarie Media - Australian broadcast network formed through takeover of RG Capital
  • McClatchy - US regional newspaper publisher
  • McGraw-Hill - publishing
  • Maxwell - crash, splash, no more Captain Bob
  • MCS - Singapore broadcast and print group
  • Mecom - European publisher and broadcaster
  • Media General - publishing and broadcast
  • MediaNews - Singleton & Scudder newspaper chain
  • Meredith - magazine and television chain
  • Metromedia, Kluge and DuMont
  • Modern Times Group (MTG) and the Metro group - broadcasting and newspaper publishing chains
  • Morris Communications and Stauffer
  • MSG - a major music publisher
  • Murdoch - News Corporation and other Murdoch holdings in film, print and broadcast. There is a supplementary profile on the former Herald & Weekly Times (H&WT) group and INL
  • Naspers - South African print and broadcast conglomerate
  • NBC
  • News Services - AP, UP, UPI, AFP and AAP
  • NHK - Japan's national broadcaster
  • Nikkei - newspapers, magazines, data services
  • New York Times - and the Sulzbergers
  • Virgin Media, ntl and Telewest - UK cable television and broadband networks
  • Ouest-France - largest French newspaper publisher
  • Orkla - Norwegian brewing to newspaper conglomerate
  • Packer - the Packer family and vehicles such as the Nine television network, Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd and CPH. There is a supplementary profile on Hugh Denison's Sun and Associated Newspapers groups
  • Pathé, Gaumont, Schlumberger and Seydoux
  • Paxson - US television network
  • PBS - public sector broadcasting in the US
  • PCM Uitgevers - leading Netherlands newspaper publisher (five of the six national dailies)
  • Pearson - from sewers in Mexico to Penguin books and the Economist
  • Perskor, SAAN and other South African newspaper groups
  • Polygram - the music and film group churned through Seagram and Vivendi
  • Power and Pargesa - the Desmarais financial services, investent and media conglomerate
  • Prime - regional Australia television network with an arm in New Zealand
  • Primedia - ailing US magazine and internet group
  • Grupo Prisa - Madrid-based conglomerate
  • Pulitzer and Lee - two US newspaper groups whose merger was announced in 2005
  • Quebecor and Sun Media - printing, publishing and broadcast
  • RCS MediaGroup (Rizzoli Corriera della Serra)
  • Rank - from films to photocopiers, bingo parlours and the Hard Rock Cafe
  • Recoletos - Spanish publishing group absorbed by RCS in 2007
  • Reuters - news and data services group
  • Ringier - Swiss-based newspaper and magazine group
  • RKO and General Teleradio - the former film production, broadcasting and cable television groups - and the Mutual Network
  • Rogers and Maclean-Hunter - Canadian wireless, cable, broadcast and publishing group
  • Roularta - EU publisher
  • RTL - broadcaster and film/video content producer operating in Australia, EU and North America
  • Rural Press - regional and rural publishing in Australia, the US and New Zealand. The profile includes coverage of IPMG, the Hannan family and Harris & Co
  • Sanoma WSOY - publishing and broadcast
  • SBS and CME - European broadcasters
  • Schibsted - publishing and broadcast
  • Scripps - publishing and broadcast
  • Seagram, MCA and Universal
  • Seattle Times, the Blethens and Guy Gannett Communications
  • Seven television network, Skase, Stokes
  • Shaw and Corus
  • Sinclair - broadcast
  • Sing Tao - Chinese-language publishing
  • Six Flags - US themepark group
  • SMG - publishing and broadcast
  • Softbank - Japanese carriage & content conglomerate
  • Sony - hardware, insurance and software, including Columbia Pictures, Columbia-Tristar Pictures, PlayStation, Columbia Records and MGM
  • Southern Cross and Southern Star
  • SPH - Singapore broadcaster and publisher notable for the Straits Times
  • Springer Science+Business Media - global science and professional publisher
  • Standard and Slaight - Canadian broadcasting group
  • Stephens and Donrey - US media groups
  • Taft - broadcasting, production, theme parks
  • Telefonica - Spanish telephone giant with broadcast and video production interests
  • Telegraaf Media Groep - Netherlands-based publisher of De Telegraaf and other titles
  • Telemedia - former Canadian radio network and magazine publisher
  • Televisa - Mexican broadcast group
  • Thomson - continuing to move upmarket as a provider of specialist print and online journals and information services
  • T&F Informa - the Informa (IBC conferences) and Taylor & Francis STM publishing conglomerate
  • Time Warner - books, music, theme parks, magazines, cable and broadcast tv ...
  • Torstar - Canadian pulp fiction and newspaper group
  • Transcontinental - Canadian printing giant that's followed Quebecor into newspapers and magazines
  • Tribune - radio, television, magazines and newspapers (including the Chandler's LA Times and the McCormick's Chicago Tribune)
  • Trinity Mirror - UK newspaper group that includes publications from Maxwell's Mirror conglomerate
  • TVNZ & RNZ - New Zealand public-sector broadcasters
  • Ullstein, Mosse and Scherl - former German print groups
  • United Business Media - UK technical publishing (CMP) and market research group
  • Viacom - Sumner Redstone's cable tv, music, cinemas, book, film, theme park group that absorbed Westinghouse
  • Village Roadshow - global cinema group that controls the Austereo radio network in Australia
  • Vivendi, and Polygram and other music, films, publishing ...)
  • VNU - publishing and research
  • WAN - Western Australian Newspapers
  • Warner Music - the record and music publishing group unloaded by Time Warner in 2003
  • Washington Post, Newsweek and the Grahams
  • WAZ - publishing
  • Wegener - publishing
  • Westinghouse and Group W - former broadcast
  • WIN, Gordon, Eva Presser & ENT - Australian broadcast
  • Wiley - US specialist publisher
  • Yomiuri - Japanese broadcast, property, finance and print conglomerate

As points of reference we have included information about two dominant image libraries -

and about groups such as Loews, Les Echos, Goldsmith, MacFadden, Bolloré, Readers Digest, Forbes, Bouygues, Ziff-Davis, Dennis, Eher, JC Decaux, Goodson, Brush-Moore, RCA and GE, and Adelphia.

Advertising groups

Coverage of the major media groups is complemented by profiles on advertising groups -