“A free, independent and plural media is essential to the functioning of a healthy democracy.”
Just three companies control 90% of the UK’s national newspaper market, in what’s been labelled a ‘dangerous level of concentrated ownership’ of UK media.
The “Who Owns the UK Media?” 2023 report, published by the Media Reform Coalition at Goldsmiths University, found that three companies – DMG Media, News UK and Reach – control 90% of the UK’s national newspaper market. The three companies also control 40% of online reach.
Press Gazette also reports: “The data suggests that if DMG Media were to succeed in its expected bid to acquire Telegraph Media Group it would increase its print market share from 42% to 47%.
“DMG Media’s share of the online news market is estimated at around 10% looking at just the top-50 UK newsbrands.”
The report warned that the dominance of the three publishers of print and online news, gave them “an unrivalled position for setting the news agenda”.