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Should we be concerned about the increasing concentration of ownership in the British press Concentration of ownership is a widely discussed issue in todays society and has been looked and written about by a wide number of people Colin Seymour-Ure tells us that Concentration is normally measured by number of newspaper titles or market share 1997 118 Ownership concentration depends on the control of leading press groups also how their market shares affect certain aspects In 1945 there was a lot of speculation about the increases of shares in the newspaper market Curran explains that Between 1947 and 1989 the three leading press groups increased by over one-third their share of the newspaper market 1997 77 Therefore the situation occurring is the narrowing of ownership this was said to be a concern for the Royal commission in 1947 Snoddy says In 1947 the main motivation for a Royal Commission was a fear that a small number of proprietors were gaining too much power over too many newspapers 1992 74 In the early days of ownership it was pointed out that people such as Lord Rothermere Lord Beaverbrook and Lord Kemsley had the power to distort the news it was also concern about their monopolistic tendencies But Press Ownership does not seem to have moved away from the ideal of power and the use of politics in todays society we still have what can be known as Press Barons Seymour-Ure talks of these such people in the following quote Media of all kinds seemed more and more to be under the control of few large international corporations headed by brusque individualists and outsized personalities such as Rupert Murdoch Robert Maxwell and Conrad Black 1997 118 This quote carried on explaining that Murdoch Maxwell and Black could be compared to Beaverbrooks and Kemsleys Snoddy talks about the dominance of the proprietors and how this has led to renewed fears about an unhealthy concentration of power
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