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A political economy of radio in the digital age

Hendy, David (2000) A political economy of radio in the digital age. Journal of Radio Studies, 7 (1). pp. 213-234. ISSN 1095-5046

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/s15506843jrs0701_16


Digital radio - which encompasses digital production and digital distribution (via broadcasting and the Internet)- is being marketed in the UK and Europe as a set of technologies that will enhance public choice, democratic participation, and interactivity. An analysis of it from a political-economic perspective, however, suggests that in a loosely regulated market economy, digitalization will not necessarily significantly increase choice or participation: on the contrary it is likely to encourage further concentration of ownership in the radio industry, thus restricting diversity. It may also risk exposing radio to structural subordination to other mass media. The article draws on trade and specialist reprts as well as broader theoretical perspectives to support its central claims.

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