News Media and Power in Russia / Edition 1

News Media and Power in Russia / Edition 1

by Olessia Koltsova, O. Koltsova
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415345154

ISBN-13: 9780415345156

Pub. Date: 11/30/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The end of communist rule in the Soviet Union brought with it a brave new world of media and commerce. Formerly state-owned enterprises were transformed, often through private ownership, and new corporations sprung up overnight to take advantage of the new atmosphere of freedom.

Until now, most research on media and news production in Russia has focused on the

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Overview

The end of communist rule in the Soviet Union brought with it a brave new world of media and commerce. Formerly state-owned enterprises were transformed, often through private ownership, and new corporations sprung up overnight to take advantage of the new atmosphere of freedom.

Until now, most research on media and news production in Russia has focused on the scope of government control and comparisons with the communist era. However, extra-governmental controls and the challenges of operating in a newly capitalist environment have been just as important – if not more so – in the formation of the new media climate. Filling the gap in the literature, this book examines the various agents who ‘make’ the news, and discusses the fierce struggle among the various agents of power involved. Drawing on existing theories and scholarship, the book provides a wealth of detail on the actual daily practices of news production in Russia. Original research is combined with compelling first-hand accounts of news production and dissemination to provide an incisive look at the issues and power structures Russian journalists face on a daily basis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415345156
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/30/2005
Series:
BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1Catching the wind : theoretical approach to the study3
2Russian media system : historical background22
3State agents47
4State and non-state agents of violence60
5Owners73
6Advertisers86
7Sources of information98
8Rank-and-file journalists118
9Center and periphery of power : media top managers as power mediators143
10Regional media landscapes : diversity of power configurations163
11The story of Peterburg - 5 Kanal184
12The story of NTV192
13Change in the coverage of the Chechen wars205

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