Comparative Media Systems

European and Global Perspectives
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304 pages

Introduced by Daniel C. Hallin and Paolo Mancini, the book takes stock of twenty years of transformation of east European media systems after the collapse of communism in 1989—an explicit, comparative, academic discussion of media politics.

Leading researchers from different regions of Europe and the United States address five major interrelated themes: 1) how ideological and normative constructs gave way to empirical systematic comparative work in media research; 2) the role of foreign media groups in post-communist regions and the effects of ownership in terms of impacts on media freedom; 3) the various dimensions of the relationship between mass media and political systems in a comparative perspective; 4) professionalization of journalism in different political cultures—autonomy of journalists, professional norms and practices, political instrumentalization and the commercialization of the media; 5) the role of state intervention in media systems.

The volume was co-published with the Center for Media and Communication Studies at CEU and was supported by COST A30--a research project of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology. 
Other COST books by CEU Press: Media Freedom and Pluralism and Media, Nationalism and European Identities.


1. Introduction
Daniel C. Hallin and Paolo Mancini

2. Comparing between West and East - a comparative approach of transformation
Hans J. Kleinsteuber

3. In search for a label for the Russian media system
Hedwig de Smaele

4. Introducing Turkey to the three media system models. The content of TV news in eleven countries
Volkan Uce and Knut De Swert

5. A Perspective from the South: Triggers and signs of change”
Adrian Hadland

6. The reform of the public radio and television system in the United Kingdom and in Spain (2004-2006): a comparative analysis
Carles Llorens and Isabel Fernández Alonso

7. Public Service Broadcasting in Ukraine: To be or not to be?
Olexiy Khabyuk

8. Actors, Evolution and production models in commodification of the Spanish television
Laura Berges Saura

9. The Global Journalist – Are professional structures being leveled?
Wolfgang Donsbach

10. Czech journalists after collapse of old media system: Looking for new professional self-image
Jaromir Volek

11. How to preserve journalism?
Aukse Balcytiene and Halliki Harro-Loit

12. Main professional dilemma of journalists in Poland
Lucyna Szot

13. Comparing Media Systems and Media Content. Online newspapers in ten Eastern and Western European countries
Hartmut Wessler, Malgorzata Skorek, Katharina Kleinen-von Konigslow, Maximilian Held, Mihaela Dobreva, and Manuel Adolphsen

14. Fakts about Germany? The Polish tabloid Fakt, its news coverage of Germany and the influence of ‚German‛ ownership
Maren Röger