In a special issue of Nordicom Review, no. 1/2017, we invite proposals for papers addressing one of the most important, yet under-addressed issues in contemporary European media and communication research: the presence and role of ethnic minorities working within European media organizations.
Deadline for abstracts: January 30, 2016.
Read about the top 25 Nordic media companies, the economic development on the Nordic media markets, and current media inquiries in the Nordic countries. Media use and Books & Libraries are other themes in this issue.
In a European comparison, the people of the Nordic countries are fairly avid radio listeners and readers of written press, but watch traditional TV at an EU average level or slightly less. As for Internet-related activities such as watching TV via the Internet, using online social networks or the Internet on the whole, the Nordics are at the top, according to the Eurobarometer surveys.
In the Nordic countries a number of media-related inquiries are underway. In focus are the media market and the conditions for its operators, public service media's role and financing, as well as how media policies should be developed to support media diversity, freedom of expression, and democracy in the future.
A report on RÚV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, has been followed by a heated political debate. Both the opposition in Parliament and individuals within the media community have criticized the report, which is expected to serve as input in the ongoing discussions concerning a new service contract between RÚV and the State.
Nordicom has made a compilation of political inquiries regarding the media industry conducted since the early 1920's, and found that newspapers, public service and advertising are areas often examined.
Five Nordic media companies are significantly larger than the other players on the market, with Swedish media group Bonnier remaining the largest media company in the region. The distance down to Finnish Sanoma, in second place, is nonetheless smaller than before. The most profitable media company is the Swedish telecom company Com Hem.
The Book and Literature Panel in Denmark has published its first report, a mapping - not previously been done to the same extent - of the existing statistics on the book market in Denmark. In addition, the report presents new interdisciplinary statistics in the field. Moreover, it offers a number of recommendations for the improvement of existing statistics.
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