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Global media, business and politics: a comparative analysis of News Corporation’s strategy in Italy and the UK

D'Arma, Alessandro (2011) Global media, business and politics: a comparative analysis of News Corporation’s strategy in Italy and the UK. International Communication Gazette, 73 (8). pp. 670-684. ISSN 1748-0485

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1748048511420095

Abstract

This article presents a comparative analysis of News Corporation’s entry strategy and rise to dominance in the British and Italian television markets through its satellite pay-TV operations, BSkyB and Sky Italia respectively. As well documented, News Corporation’s strategy in the UK has been heavily dependent on Rupert Murdoch’s cultivation of political connections. By contrast, in Italy Murdoch has been unable to influence local politics to further his business interests, as evidenced by the several regulatory setbacks suffered by Sky Italia. Thus, in order to explain News Corporation’s success in Italy, this article argues that emphasis must be placed primarily on the managerial and financial resources that the company has been able to mobilize. The analysis aims at broadening our understanding of how News Corporation operates in different national contexts, and should also prove valuable for the broader question concerning the shifting balance of power between transnational and national actors in today’s globalizing media landscape.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design, School of
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