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Who Owns The Media? The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read

Back in 1983, approximately 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States.  Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations.  These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day.  They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites. Sadly, most Americans don’t even stop to think about who is feeding them the endless hours of news and entertainment that they constantly ingest.  Most Americans don’t really seem to care about who owns the media.  But they should.  The truth is that each of us is deeply influenced by the messages that are constantly being pounded into our heads by the mainstream media.  The average American watches 153 hours of television a month.  In fact, most Americans begin to feel physically uncomfortable if they go too long without watching or listening to something.  Sadly, most Americans have become absolutely addicted to news and entertainment and the ownership of all that news and entertainment that we crave is being concentrated in fewer and fewer hands each year.      

The six corporations that collectively control U.S. media today are Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal.  Together, the “big six” absolutely dominate news and entertainment in the United States.  But even those areas of the media that the “big six” do not completely control are becoming increasingly concentrated. For example, Clear Channel now owns over 1000 radio stations across the United States.  Companies like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are increasingly dominating the Internet.

But it is the “big six” that are the biggest concerns.  When you control what Americans watch, hear and read you gain a great deal of control over what they think.  They don’t call it “programming” for nothing. 

Back in 1983 it was bad enough that about 50 corporations dominated U.S. media.  But since that time, power over the media has rapidly become concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people….

In 1983, fifty corporations dominated most of every mass medium and the biggest media merger in history was a $340 million deal. … [I]n 1987, the fifty companies had shrunk to twenty-nine. … [I]n 1990, the twenty-nine had shrunk to twenty three. … [I]n 1997, the biggest firms numbered ten and involved the $19 billion Disney-ABC deal, at the time the biggest media merger ever. … [In 2000] AOL Time Warner’s $350 billion merged corporation [was] more than 1,000 times larger [than the biggest deal of 1983].

–Ben H. Bagdikian, The Media Monopoly, Sixth Edition, (Beacon Press, 2000), pp. xx—xxi

Today, six colossal media giants tower over all the rest.  Much of the information in the chart below comes from  The chart below reveals only a small fraction of the media outlets that these six behemoths actually own….

Time Warner

Home Box Office (HBO)
Time Inc.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
CW Network (partial ownership)
New Line Cinema
Time Warner Cable
Cartoon Network
America Online
Castle Rock
Sports Illustrated
Marie Claire
People Magazine

Walt Disney

ABC Television Network
Disney Publishing
Disney Channel
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Buena Vista Theatrical Productions
Buena Vista Records
Disney Records
Hollywood Records
Miramax Films
Touchstone Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Buena Vista Games
Hyperion Books


Paramount Pictures
Paramount Home Entertainment
Black Entertainment Television (BET)
Comedy Central
Country Music Television (CMT)
MTV Canada
Nick Magazine
Nick at Nite
Nick Jr.
Spike TV
The Movie Channel
TV Land

News Corporation

Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Fox Television Stations
The New York Post
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox Business Network
Fox Kids Europe
Fox News Channel
Fox Sports Net
Fox Television Network
My Network TV
News Limited News
Phoenix InfoNews Channel
Phoenix Movies Channel
Sky PerfecTV
Speed Channel
STAR TV Taiwan
STAR World
Times Higher Education Supplement Magazine
Times Literary Supplement Magazine
Times of London
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
20th Century Fox International
20th Century Fox Studios
20th Century Fox Television
The Wall Street Journal
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Interactive Media
HarperCollins Publishers
The National Geographic Channel
National Rugby League
News Interactive
News Outdoor
Radio Veronica
Sky Italia
Sky Radio Denmark
Sky Radio Germany
Sky Radio Netherlands

CBS Corporation

CBS News
CBS Sports
CBS Television Network
CBS Radio Inc. (130 stations)
CBS Consumer Products
CBS Outdoor
CW Network (50% ownership)
Infinity Broadcasting
Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books, Scribner)
Westwood One Radio Network

NBC Universal

NBC News
NBC Sports
NBC Television Network
SciFi Magazine
Syfy (Sci Fi Channel)
USA Network
Weather Channel
Focus Features
NBC Universal Television Distribution
NBC Universal Television Studio
Paxson Communications (partial ownership)
Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Pictures
Universal Studio Home Video

These gigantic media corporations do not exist to objectively tell the truth to the American people.  Rather, the primary purpose of their existence is to make money.

These gigantic media corporations are not going to do anything to threaten their relationships with their biggest advertisers (such as the largest pharmaceutical companies that literally spend billions on advertising), and one way or another these gigantic media corporations are always going to express the ideological viewpoints of their owners.

Fortunately, an increasing number of Americans are starting to wake up and are realizing that the mainstream media should not be trusted.  According to a new poll just released by Gallup, the number of Americans that have little to no trust in the mainstream media (57%) is at an all-time high.

That is one reason why we have seen the alternative media experience such rapid growth over the past few years.  The mainstream media has been losing credibility at a staggering rate, and Americans are starting to look elsewhere for the truth about what is really going on.

Do you think that anyone in the mainstream news would actually tell you that the Federal Reserve is bad for America or that we are facing a horrific derivatives bubble that could destroy the entire world financial system?  Do you think that anyone in the mainstream media would actually tell you the truth about the deindustrialization of America or the truth about the voracious greed of Goldman Sachs?

Sure there are a few courageous reporters in the mainstream media that manage to slip a few stories past their corporate bosses from time to time, but in general there is a very clear understanding that there are simply certain things that you just do not say in the mainstream news.

But Americans are becoming increasingly hungry for the truth, and they are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the dumbed down pablum that is passing as “hard hitting news” these days.

So what do you think about the state of the mainstream media?  Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below….

  • Dieter

    Great article! Watch Brother Nathanael on YouTube to see who really ownes these six media giants. You’ll be surprised.

    • disqus_Ri2AHq1B1b

      isn’t brother nathanael a trip?

  • John

    There is an old adage that says “Don’t believe everything you hear and only half of what you see.” Very wise words.

  • blah

    ” these gigantic media corporations are always going to express the ideological viewpoints of their owners.”
    who just so happen to all be jews.jews run the media,just ask helen thomas and rick sanchez ,jews also run run much of the “alternative media” also ,people like alex jonestine and his jewess wife ,to the intelheeb to jewrald celente etc.

  • blah

    the jews run and own the media everyone knows that ,just ask helen thomas(baited by a rabbi with a hidden camera) or rick sanchez

  • Phyllis Costa

    I could not agree with you more!!!.

    For the last 2 years I have gone without TV, cable TV and even radio. Periodically, I read the news over the internet but always with skepticism and I also verify who is delivering the news.

  • Mermaiden

    I tell every couple who are planning a wedding, DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN. They will simply be abused, or turned into slaves. The workforce of the future…….brought to you by the KOCH FAMILY, and the rest of the 1%. Void of conscience, and certainly not the least bit intrested in humanity, other than as workers. Of course, they will have totally ruined the enrivonment w/in 20 years, so their families will die off, too. OH, well……DO NOT PROCREATE.

    • Pappa Bear

      Such a limited view of things. You really should climb out of the Box you have allowed the media to put you in. This is a perfect example of media programing. You sound just like CNN. If you think the Koch family is your biggest problem, you are being programmed.

  • Mike

    Max Igan is a shill and agent for Israel, that is not his real name, why is Max Igan so scared to publish his real name? Max Igan stuff is clever CIA Mind Control tapes

  • Mike

    How can Max Igan get into Gaza with that other thief Ken O’keefe yet people from Gaza cant get out, Max Igan here in Australia has long been considered by many in the truth movement as a shill and agent working for Israel

  • Pete

    Ditch it, cancel your cable, or dish. Hit them where it hurts, the bottom line, their not in control, you are, wake
    up. Stop going to their propaganda films in the theaters,
    your in control stop whining and resist.

  • Flyover099

    When you control a country’s media, you control it’s democratic process by influencing what it’s citizens. Now, for kicks let’s see who owns/controls each of those media entity (NPR should be included, they are every bit as guilty….see who are the overseers).

  • http://www.hazepiffbudweedcheeba/ micksick

    scary stuff when you put everything together

  • DB

    Dumbed down pablum is a good way to put it!

  • IMforpc

    We need to be truly free,that is what made America a great nation, freedom of speech,democracy,capitalism. We won’t continue as a great nation until we have that. Because how can you be truly free if everything you hear,see,read is controlled by a select few. No one grows spiritually, emotionally and physically on fear and lies and that includes our whole world. We need to give credit to the American people that if we did indeed someday have freedom of speech on what you hear,see and read, that we would always choose the right and greater good.

  • Anonymous

    You can’t trust the internet either so you all have no where to turn,
    Shut off your television, radio, computers and smart phones throw away your magazines and start thinking for yourselves that will be the only way to beat these corporations.

  • Pat

    Reasons not to believe everything you see, hear, or read?

    • Pappa Bear

      Perhaps ANYTHING

  • Nicholas70

    “The hand that rules the press, the screen, the radio, and the far-spread magazine, rules the country”. -Judge Learned Hand, Memorial service for Justice Brandeis, December 21, 1942 (1872-1961)

  • MeCanadaYeahBoyz

    and freedom for all…….

  • Vivian Ramage

    I think it is wrong for news not to tell truth. I think all of y’all who own these ought to be ashamed. You are putting a fear in the people of this country because we don’t know anything. No, I don’t understand the way news is told. Show in Memphis, Tennessee 6 shootings in one day, but nothing about all the threats we see and hear on the Internet . Guess America is the land of lies, money and politics whatever it costs ! This American is ashamed , and pissed!

  • Pappa Bear

    Telecommunications act of 1996. Touted to keep our children safe on the internet. Which they knew was not possible when they ceremoniously signed this into law, just lies. They will always invoke fear for the children to get something they want. Before this was passes I believe there were 150 or so corporations owning the media. This bill cleared the way for all of the consolidation which today has our media in the hands of 6 corporations only.

  • dan

    Complete mind control. Don’t think for a second that everything you watch and hear isn’t orchestrated.

  • escapification

    This list is quite outdated now.

  • teddyftl

    So why did the FCC allow these mergers that created this monopoly? It just shows that they were paid off too! Our entire system has been corrupt for decades, right under our noses. We need to take back what’s ours. Enough of milking us dry, enough of the lies from both parties. We need independence and freedom back. The American people have done it before and we sure as hell can do it again.

  • Austin Kennedy

    Ad for Disney at the end of the article. I hope that when the big six become the big one that Disney is that one.

  • karebear

    This time when the banks fail, depositors will find it very difficult, if not impossible to get their money in a timely manner, if at all. Since you are only getting .65 percent of interest (if that) on your savings, you are actually losing the value of your money letting it be used by these thieving, cheating bankster bastards. Take a quarter of your money out of the bank and buy silver and very small gold coins. Take another quarter out of the bank and start a pantry for an emergency food supply of the foods you normally eat. Use an other quarter of your money from the bank to purchase protective gear like ammo, rifles, shotguns, compound bow, and some fishing gear. Use some of your saving to purchase tradable commodities like coffee, sugar, etc. that will be hard to get when the Sh** hits the fan (SHTF). Take the rest of you savings ad keep it in a safe place at home to be used during the 1st phase of the collapse when most people’s access to their own money will be “rationed” by the owners of the banks that have their deposits. Close your bank account. Open an account at your local credit union for only your monthly expense payments. Get right with the LORD. PRAY for others and help others get ready for the financial collapse and lawlessness that will follow. God Bless.

    • karebear

      Sorry for some of the typos.

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