Who Owns What
Currently, the realm of television in its entirety is controlled by 6-7
mega-corporations in the U.S. and strongly dominated by three worldwide.
When only a few players run the most powerful medium of our time with the
same agenda, the small fry (read: you and I) are shut out of the
In the face of increasing homogenization, we incite you to join the Two
Minute Media Revolution - a collective demand that broadcasters set
aside two minutes of airtime every hour for citizen-produced advocacy
messages.Find out who's big and what they own
CORPORATION / FOX NETWORKS
NBC: includes 13 stations, 28% of US households.
NBC Network News: The Today Show, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Meet
the Press, Dateline NBC, NBC News at Sunrise.
CNBC business television; MSNBC 24-hour cable and Internet news
service (co-owned by NBC and Microsoft); Court TV (co-owned with Time
Warner), Bravo (50%), A&E (25%), History Channel (25%).
GE Consumer Electronics.
GE Power Systems: produces turbines for nuclear reactors and power
GE Plastics: produces military hardware and nuclear power
GE Transportation Systems: runs diesel and electric trains.
WESTINGHOUSE / CBS INC.
CBS: includes 14 stations and over 200 affiliates in the US.
CBS Network News: 60 minutes, 48 hours, CBS Evening News with Dan
Rather, CBS Morning News, Up to the Minute.
Country Music Television, The Nashville Network, 2 regional sports
Group W Satellite Communications.
Westinghouse Electric Company: provides services to the nuclear power
Westinghouse Government Environmental Services Company: disposes of
nuclear and hazardous wastes. Also operates 4 government-owned nuclear
power plants in the US.
Energy Systems: provides nuclear power plant design and
VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC.
Paramount Television, Spelling Television, MTV, VH-1, Showtime, The
Movie Channel, UPN (joint owner), Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Sundance
Channel (joint owner), Flix.
20 major market US stations.
Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Video, Blockbuster Video, Famous
Players Theatres, Paramount Parks.
Simon & Schuster Publishing.
DISNEY / ABC / CAP
ABC: includes 10 stations, 24% of US households.
ABC Network News: Prime Time Live, Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning
ESPN, Lifetime Television (50%), as well as minority holdings in
A&E, History Channel and E!
Disney Channel/Disney Television, Touchtone Television.
Miramax, Touchtone Pictures.
Magazines: Jane, Los Angeles Magazine, W, Discover.
3 music labels, 11 major local newspapers.
Hyperion book publishers.
Infoseek Internet search engine (43%).
Sid R. Bass (major shares) crude oil and gas.
All Disney Theme Parks, Walt Disney Cruise Lines.
TIME-WARNER TBS - AOL
America Online (AOL) acquired Time Warner–the largest merger in
CNN, HBO, Cinemax, TBS Superstation, Turner Network Television, Turner
Classic Movies, Warner Brothers Television, Cartoon Network, Sega Channel,
TNT, Comedy Central (50%), E! (49%), Court TV (50%).
Largest owner of cable systems in the US with an estimated 13 million
HBO Independent Productions, Warner Home Video, New Line Cinema,
Castle Rock, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera.
Music: Atlantic, Elektra, Rhino, Sire, Warner Bros. Records, EMI, WEA,
Sub Pop (distribution) = the world’s largest music company.
33 magazines including Time, Sports Illustrated, People, In Style,
Fortune, Book of the Month Club, Entertainment Weekly, Life, DC Comics
(50%), and MAD Magazine.
Sports: The Atlanta Braves, The Atlanta Hawks, World Championship
NEWS CORPORATION LTD. / FOX NETWORKS (Rupert
Fox Television: includes 22 stations, 50% of US households.
Fox International: extensive worldwide cable and satellite networks
include British Sky Broadcasting (40%); VOX, Germany (49.9%); Canal Fox,
Latin America; FOXTEL, Australia (50%); STAR TV, Asia; IskyB, India;
Bahasa Programming Ltd., Indonesia (50%); and News Broadcasting, Japan
The Golf Channel (33%).
Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight.
132 newspapers (113 in Australia alone) including the New York Post,
the London Times and The Australian.
25 magazines including TV Guide and The Weekly Standard.
Sports: LA Dodgers, LA Kings, LA Lakers, National Rugby League.
Ansett Australia airlines, Ansett New Zealand airlines.
Rupert Murdoch: Board of Directors, Philip Morris (USA).