Location: Fordham Law School Building, Skadden Conference Center, 150 W 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
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Tuesday, May 3 • 4:10pm - 4:30pm
The Political Economy of the Relationship between Media Ownership and News Process in Turkey

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This study aims to explore how direct or indirect control policies of Turkish political government towards media besides the ownership relations of the media affect newsmaking process. After 1980 Turkey experienced a media concentration and media commercialism as a result of neoliberal policies. Though media concentration is a global phenomenon, the process has peculiarities of its own in Turkey. Free market has not brought a free press. Intervening relations and clientelism between the government and the media in history have merged with a rapid commercialism. These developments have transformed the media into a tool within the power domain of the government and media holdings. This study examines the newsmaking process with the political economy approach on the basis of the ownership structure and the relations between the media and the government. The study covers an analysis of 14 digital news portals (Anadolu Ajansı (AA), Akşam, Cumhuriyet, CNN Türk, Haber Türk, Hürriyet, Milliyet, NTV, Radikal, Sabah, Star, Vatan, Yeni Şafak and Zaman) in terms of headlines between the dates 20-26 January 2015 and the hours 8:00 am. -11:00 pm. The data obtained indicates a similarity/sameness among the news portals in terms of agenda, topic and news discourse. Moreover, the media institutions of these holdings follow broadcast policies parallel to the policies of the government and imitate one another.

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Selda Bulut

Gazi University Ankara
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Serpil Karlidag

Associate professor, Baskent University

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Gregory Lowe

University of Tampere
Gregory Ferrell Lowe (Ph.D. 1992, University of Texas at Austin) is Professor of Media Management at the University of Tampere in Finland. He designed the curriculum for this international graduate studies program and previously worked as Senior Advisor in Corporate Strategy and Development... Read More →

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Tuesday May 3, 2016 4:10pm - 4:30pm EDT
Room 407 Law School
  Economics & Policy
  • Manuscript # 1018
  • Session # A34

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