Oligarchy: 6 Media Conglomerates Dominate and Control American Television


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General Electric. GE owns NBC and all of its spinoffs (MSNBC, CNBC, etc), the History Channel and its spinoffs, A&E, the Biography Channel, Bravo, USA Network, SyFy, Oxygen, Chiller, Hallmark channel, Sundance channel, and Telemundo, among others. It also owns television production giant Universal Television and movie production giant Universal Studios and its subsidiaries (More consolidation is on the horizo: Comcast the cable operator, is looking to buy most of these holdings---and Comcast already owns E!, Venus, the Golf Channel, etc)

Time Warner. The Company that bought up Ted Turner's outfit owns CNN and it's spinoffs, HBO and its spinoffs, Cinemax, Cartoon Network, TNT, TBS, Turner Classic Movies, and CW. Like GE, it also owns several major production companies, including all of Warner Bros. (which in turn owns New Line Cinema, Castle Rock Entertainment, Hanna Barbera, and WB). Time Warner also owns Time Warner Cable.

The Walt Disney Company. The great American success story that is the Mouse House now owns ABC and its spinoffs, including ABC Family, ESPN and its spinoffs, and Disney Channel. It also owns equity in Lifetime, A&E, the History Channel, the Biography Channel, and several other channels. It is an equity partner in Hulu, the online source for television content, along with GE and NewsCorp. Its production companies include Touchstone, Miramax, and Marvel Studios.

News Corporation. News Corp., Rupert Murdoch's outfit , is smaller in television than most of the other groups. It owns Fox, of course, as well as Fox News, the Fox Movie Channel, FX, National Geographic, and Fox Sports, among others. It, too, has its own set of production companies, as well as all the subsidiaries of 20th Century Fox. News Corp. also owns a large chunk of DirecTV.

CBS Corporation. The only major televsion corporation that began in the industry, CBS owns half of CW, as well as Showtime, and The Movie Channel. CBS Television Studios are highly successful.

Viacom. Short for Video and Audio Communications, Viacom was spun off by CBS in 2005. Although Viacom is headed by the estimable Les Moonves, 80 percent of the voting stock is owned by Summer Redstone, who also owns 80% of the voting stock in CBS. Viacom owns Paramount Pictures, as well as MTV, Nickelodeon, and United International Pictures (a joint venture with NBC's Universal). It also owns Spike, VH1, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, and Viva.
source Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your Television
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