Despite that fact, there has been the realization that private firms can merge or cooperate with governments towards growth of mass media. Apart from the stated aspects, private ownership can consist of mergers, consolidation or conglomerates. In the 21st century, media ownership has taken a complex direction of single corporate firms engaging in other media related activities (Rohn 2009, p.18). In this discussion, the article is going to explore how the ownership and its related concepts affect media content.
To begin with, governments that own mass media can intensively influence the outcome of media activities. This is typical of repressive governments that need to command large public following (Baker 2007, p.1). It is explicable from history that one of the autocratic governments’ ways of taming political rivalry and revolutions, was to edit the content of various kinds of information. Media tools such as television bulged with news directed at glorifying leaders of regimes. In addition, information that concerned enlightening the subjects on their rights was to be redrafted. It is in such cases that news editors are under pressure to release regime friendly content to their audiences.
Governments also possess beneficial reasons for owning media. Governments may acquire media to provide cheap access to vital information. Vital information entails fundamental issues in a country such as education and health. For instance, when an epidemic breaks out, it is the government’s responsibility to avail the information to the public in a swift and efficient method. The most effective way for government is to utilize a cooperative organization whereby transactions are reasonable and immediate. The governments also display their policies to the public through state owned media. The most discussed of policies are economic aspects. They need to be available to the public scrutiny because they affect ...Show more