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Media, Markets and Public Spheres

European Media at the Crossroads

Using a sample of European newspapers and their TV listings as a stepping stone, Media, Markets and Public Spheres presents an overview of changes in European public spheres over the last fifty years. With in-depth analyses of structural changes in press and broadcasting, changing relations between media, and changes in media policies, this book explores how and why the media decisively influence most aspects of society. Media, Markets and Public Spheres will be useful to students in media and communication studies and European studies, as well as for those studying sociology and political science.

327 pages | 7 halftones, 26 tables, 15 graphs | 7 x 9 | © 2010

Changing Media, Changing Europe

Media Studies

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Table of Contents




Jostein Gripsrud & Lennart Weibull

Part I: A Theoretical Perspective

Chapter 1: Public Spheres, Societal Shifts and Media Modulations

Peter Dahlgren

Part II: Structures

Chapter 2: Four Decades of European Newspapers: Structure and Content

Lennart Weibull & Åsa Nilsson

Chapter 3: 50 Years of European Television: An Essay

Jostein Gripsrud

Part III: Intermedia

Chapter 4: The Public Reception of Early Television: When Television was New in the Nordic Countries

Taisto Hujanen & Lennart Weibull

Chapter 5: Televisualization of the Popular Press: An Eye-catching Trend of the Late Twentieth Century’s Media

Juha Herkman

Part IV: Policies

Chapter 6: British Media and Regulatory Change: The Antimonies of Policy

John Corner

Chapter 7: French Media: Policy Regulation and the Public Sphere

Josiane Jouët

Chapter 8: Changing Media and Public Sphere in Turkey: The Role of the State, Market and the EU Candidacy

Mine Gencel Bek

Part V: Records of Cultural Change

Chapter 9: Reconsidering the Paradox of Parochialism and the Shrinking News Agenda

Daniel Bilterreyst & Lieve Desmet

Chapter 10: Fakty vs. Wiadomości: One Competition and Confusion in Polish TV News

Wieslaw Godzic

Chapter 11: When the Elite Press Meets the Rise of Commercial Culture

Dominique Pasquier

Chapter 12: The Sounds of Change: Representations of Music in European Newspapers 1960-2000

Klaus Bruhn Jensen & Peter Larsen

Chapter 13: Celebrity Culture and the Public Sphere: The Tabloidization of Power

Graham Murdock


Appendix 1: Four Decades of European News Papers: Background and Method

Åsa Nilsson & Lennart Weibull

Appendix 2: RHACNA: Code Form

Åsa Nilsson & Lennart Weibull


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