A publication of the European Audiovisual Observatory
This report provides a first analysis of media ownership on the basis of the MAVISE database using its catalogue of companies and their relationships with the audiovisual media sector. The focus is on pan‐European groups – those companies that operate across a range of countries in Europe, based on a selection of major players
As an introduction, a brief analysis of the levels of concentration at the national level in the broadcast and pay TV/ distribution markets is provided. The key findings in relation to broadcast markets are: that levels of concentration vary widely between countries; that over time (4 years) the fragmentation of audiences has led to a decrease in concentration at the level of individual channels.
However the cumulated market share of the main TV groups has suffered less, indicating they have often managed to compensate the loss of audiences on their main channels via additional niche and digital channels. This finding varies between countries.