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14 Apr 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, Television, 0 Comments

Barking up the wrong tree: Quality in commercial television


Early on, private TV seemed to hold a promise. Huge amounts of money flowing into it generated step-by-step more expensive and thus better-looking programmes. Observers got the impression that it was going to mature into a medium of real public value. But then came a shock.

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03 Apr 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, Television, 0 Comments

Private Equity investors in German media


Ignoring the impact of private equity on media companies would turn a blind eye on the effects for the general economy and for society. A company that pays corporate income taxes, that creates jobs and that is not overwhelmed with debt is much more of a public asset than a business that goes to great lengths to make an operative profit which is, in fact, consumed by debt service.

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