Telecommunications innovation and the shape of the British news market

Dr. Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb, Oxford University Saïd Business School, UK

Download paper here: SilbersteinLoebTelecommunicationsdraft.pdf

This paper explains how innovation in telecommunications affected the structure of the news market in Britain. The model of growth is Schumpeterian. Periods of anti-competitive behaviour facilitated the collection and distribution of news. New forms of technology disrupted these entrenched market arrangements. The rush of competition was not conducive to the fulfilment of the democratic function hoped for in the fourth estate, and anti-competitive behaviour resumed...

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