The forgotten actor in media ownership debates : audiences and their knowledge of media ownership in FlandersThe forgotten actor in media ownership debates : audiences and their knowledge of media ownership in Flanders
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Media, policy and culture
Communications : the European journal of communication research. - München, 1976, currens
41(2016):1, p. 99-109
University of Antwerp
The characteristics and scope of media concentration are of great concern to media and communication studies, especially in relation to media diversity and pluralism, considered key in democratic societies. However, to date, there have been few analyses of audiences knowledge of media ownership. This contribution explores the knowledge of media ownership structures and how it relates to media use and socio-demographics amongst a representative online sample of the Flemish population (N=1100). Findings reveal limited knowledge of ownership structures, with significant differences relating to gender, age, education and media consumption. The implications hereof are discussed from a perspective of democratic citizenship, political economy studies, media literacy studies and media literacy programmes, and result in a call for more research into this specific area.