IS MORE ALWAYS BETTER?: Examining the adverse effects of competition on media performance
2009 (English)In: Journalism Studies, ISSN 1461-670X, E-ISSN 1469-9699, Vol. 10, no 3, 368-385 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
While classic market economic theory argues that competition among media is better for consumers, preliminary research in emerging media markets suggests otherwise. High levels of competition in markets with limited advertising revenues may lead to poorer journalistic performance. This study tests that argument using secondary analysis of data from a purposive sample of countries where measures of news media performance and market competition exist. The authors find a curvilinear relationship between competition and the quality of the journalistic product, with moderate competition leading to higher-quality journalism products and higher levels of competition leading to journalistic products that do not serve society well. The implications of the findings for media assistance initiatives are discussed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 10, no 3, 368-385 p.
Media and Communications
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-32119DOI: 10.1080/14616700802636219ISI: 000274901600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-32119DiVA: diva2:409080
QC 201104072011-04-072011-04-072011-04-07Bibliographically approved