Media Owners

Who are the media owners? What do they control? We're finding out, and here's an index to what we have discovered so far.

Each link below leads to the owner's corporate website, some information on shareholdings, a list of what it publishes and/or broadcasts and articles about it from the Freelance and elsewhere (in each case subject to the information being available).

Owner name Code info status
[ independents ] __misc Sketch
3Fox International _3Fox Sketch
A&S Publishing _AS Xtinct
Adscene _Adscene Xtinct
Advance Publications Inc. _Advance Draft
Agence France Presse _AFP Sketch
Agency Fish _Fish Sketch
Amazon _Amazon Sketch
AOL (America OnLine) _AOL Sketch
Apple Computer _Apple Sketch
Archant - Eastern Counties Newspapers _ECN Research
Ashdown Publishing _Ashdown Sketch
Ashton Weekly Newspapers _Ashton Sketch
Associated / Northcliffe (DMGT) _Assoc Draft
Associated Press _AP Sketch
Axel Springer GmbH _Springr Sketch
Axon publishing _Axon Sketch
Bain Capital _Bain Stakehld
The Barclay Brothers _BarcB Draft
Bauer, Heinrich _Bauer Sketch
BBC _BBC Draft
Bertelsmann _Bert Draft
Big Issue _BI Sketch
Black Press _BlackPr Sketch
Blackstone Group LP _Blackst Stakehld
Bloomberg _Bloomb Sketch
Bristol United Press _BUP Xtinct
Brooklands publishing _Brookl Sketch
BSkyB _BSkyB Sketch
Builder group _Builder Xtinct
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation _CBC Sketch
Candover _Candovr Stakehld
CanWest _CanWest Sketch
Carlton Communications _Carlton Sketch
Carlton USA _CarltUS Sketch
Caspian Publishing _Caspian Sketch
CBS Corporation _CBS Sketch
Cedar Communications _Cedar Sketch
Centaur Communications _Centaur Sketch
Centurion Publishing Group _Centu Sketch
Chadwick House Publishing _Chadw Sketch
Channel 4 _C4 Draft
Channel 5 TV _C5 Draft
The Chelsea Magazine Company _Chelsea Sketch
Cinven _Cinven Stakehld
Clear Channel _Clear Research
Clyde and Forth Press _CF Sketch
Cofina _Cofina Sketch
Condé Nast _CondN Research
Conquest Business Media _Conq Sketch
Corbis Picture Library _Corbis Draft
Cream publishing _Cream Sketch
Crosbie, Thomas, Holdings _Crosbie Research
Crown Castle International _CrownCa Stakehld
CRU International _CRU Sketch
Cumbrian Newspapers _Cumbria Sketch
D C Thomson _DCT Research
Demand Media _Demand Sketch
Dennis _Dennis Research
Descartes Publishing Ltd _Descart Sketch
Development Hell _DH Sketch
Discovery Communications Inc _Discovr Sketch
Disney _Disney Sketch
Dorling Kindersley _DK Sketch
Dow-Jones _DOW Xtinct
Economia, Prague _Economi Sketch
EMI Group _EMI Sketch
Essential Publishing _Essent Xtinct
Evening Press Ltd _EPL Sketch
Excel Publishing Company _excel Sketch
Fairchild _Fairch Sketch
Fairplay _Fairpl Sketch
Findlay Publications _Findlay Sketch
Flextech _Flextec Sketch
Forward _Forward Sketch
Forward Press _FP Sketch
Fox entertainment group _Fox Sketch
Freeview _Freeviw Sketch
Future _Future Research
Gabriel Communications Ltd _Gabriel Sketch
Gannett Corporation _Gannett Draft
Garnett-Dickinson Publishing _GDP Sketch
GCap media plc _Gcap Research
General Electric _GE Stakehld
Getty Archive _Getty Draft
Golden Rose Communications _GoldR Sketch
Good Morning Television _GMTV Sketch
Google, Inc _Google Sketch
Granada _Granada Sketch
Great West Newspaper Group Ltd _GreatW Sketch
Gruner and Jahr _GJ Current
Guardian Media Group _GMG Draft
Hachette Filipacchi _Hach Draft
Haymarket _HM Draft
Hearst Corporation _Hearst Sketch
Her Majesty's Britannic Government _HMG Sketch
Herts & Essex Newspapers _HEN Draft
Highbury Publications _Highbur Xtinct
Hola! SA _Hola Sketch
Holderness Newspapers (no reln) _Holdern Sketch
Houghton Mifflin _HMiff Sketch
Hubert Burda Media _Burda Sketch
IDG - International Data Group _IDG Sketch
IHS _IHS Sketch
Immediate Media _Immed Sketch
Impromptu Publishing _Impromp Sketch
Incisive Media _IncisiM Sketch
Independent News & Media _INM Draft
Independent Radio News _IRN Research
Independent Television News _ITN Draft
Informa _Informa Sketch
Ink publishing _Ink Sketch
Intent Media _Intent Sketch
Investment fund (generically) _Funds Stakehld
IPC _IPC Current
Irish News Ltd _Inews Sketch
Irish Times Trust _ITtrust Sketch
ITV - Independent Television _ITV Research
Jane's Information Group _Janes Sketch
Jazz Publishing _Jazz Sketch
John Brown Citrus _Brown Sketch
Johnston Press plc _Johnsto Research
Kelsey Publishing _Kelsey Sketch
Kent Messenger Group _KMG Sketch
Key Publishing _Key Sketch
Kirch Media Group _Kirch Sketch
Kluwer Academic Publishing _Kluwer Xtinct
Knight Ridder _KR Sketch
Lagardère _Lagard Stakehld
Larousse _Larouss Sketch
Lebedev family _Lebedev Sketch
Liberty Media Corporation _Liberty Stakehld
LineOne _LineOne Sketch
Live Publishing _Live Sketch
The Local Radio Company _TLRC Sketch
London Financial News Publishing Ltd _LFNP Sketch
London Freelance Branch, NUJ _NUJ_LFB Sketch
Lusomundo Media _Luso Sketch
Lycos, inc _Lycos Sketch
Madavor, Inc _Madavor Sketch
La Martiniere _lamarti Sketch
McGraw-Hill _McGraw Research
Mecom plc _Mecom Draft
Merricks media _Merrick Sketch
Metro International _Metro Sketch
Midland News Association _MNA Sketch
Miller Freeman _MF Sketch
Mirkaei Tikshoret Ltd. _Mirkaei Sketch
Mirror Group Newspapers _MGN Xtinct
Moneywise Ltd _Moneyw Sketch
Moneywise Ltd _Moneyw Sketch
Morgan-Grampian _MG Xtinct
Morton Newspapers _Morton Xtinct
National Geographic Society _NatGeo Sketch
National Magazines _NatMag Research
NBC Universal _NBC Sketch
New Journal Enterprises _NJE Sketch
New York Times company _NYT Research
News International (Murdoch) _NI Draft
Newscom _Newscom Xtinct
NewsQuest plc _NQ Current
North Wales Newspapers _NWN Sketch
Northern+Shell _NS Research
Northstar _NorthSt Sketch
NTL _NTL Stakehld
Ocean Media Group _Ocean Draft
OnDigital _OnDigit Xtinct
Ontario Community Newspapers Assn. _ocna Sketch
Optipress _Optipr Xtinct
Origin Publishing _Origin Sketch
Orkla Media _Orkla Sketch
Orpheus Publications _Orpheus Sketch
Osprey Media Group _Osprey Sketch
Oxford University Press _OUP Sketch
Paragon Publishing _Paragon Xtinct
Pearson _Pearson Research
Penguin Random House _PRH Sketch
Portugal Telecom SGPS SA _PortT Stakehld
Press Association _PA Research
Progressive Media _Progres Sketch
Prometheus Global Media _Prometh Sketch
Publicis Blueprint _publicb Sketch
Publishing Business _PubBiz Sketch
Quantum _Quantum Research
Quarto Books, Inc _Quarto Sketch
Quebecor _QuebecC Sketch
The Radio Centre _CRCA Stakehld
Radio Investments _RIL Sketch
Radio Telefís Éireann _RTE Research
Reader's Digest Association _RD Draft
Redactive _Redact Sketch
Redwood Publishing _Redwood Research
Reed Business Information _RBI Draft
Reed-Elsevier _RE Research
Regional Independent Media _RIM Xtinct
Reuters _Reuter Research
Rhinegold Publishing _Rhineg Sketch
River publishing _River Sketch
Rodale Press _Rodale Sketch
RTL Group _RTL Draft
Saban Capital Group _Saban Stakehld
Score newspapers _Score Xtinct
Scottish Media Group _SMG Draft
Scottish Provincial Press _SPP Sketch
Scottish Radio Holdings _SRH Research
Setform _Setform Sketch
Sianel 4 Cymru _S4C Sketch
Sidney Harman _Harman Sketch
Smurfitt _Smurf Sketch
Socpress _Socpres Sketch
Sony _Sony Sketch
Source Interlink publications _Source Sketch
Southnews plc _SouthN Xtinct
Springer Verlag _SpringV Sketch
Square Up Media _SquareM Sketch
Sun-Times (formerly Hollinger International) _Holl Draft
Talentum (Finland) _Talentm Sketch
TAZ Verlags- und Vertriebs GmbH _Taz Sketch
TeleWest communications plc _TeleW Stakehld
Terrapinn _Terrapn Sketch
This England Ltd _thiseng Sketch
Thomas H Lee Partners _THLee Stakehld
Thomson Corporation _Thomson Sketch
Time Out _TOut Sketch
Time-Warner _TW Xtinct
Time-Warner _AOLTW Current
Times of India Group _TIG Sketch
Timothy Benn publications _Benn Xtinct
Tindle Newspapers _Tindle Sketch
Torstar Corporation _Torstar Sketch
Tottel Publishing _Tottel Sketch
Trades Unions _TU Sketch
Transcontinental _TransC Sketch
The Tribune Company _Tribune Sketch
Trinity Mirror plc _TMG Research
TSL Education _TSL Draft
TV Nachrichten _tvn Sketch
United Business Media _UM Research
Unity Media _Unity Sketch
Vee Tee Ay (Media) Resources Ltd _VTA Sketch
Vereinigte Wirtschaftsdienste _VWdiens Sketch
Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck _Holtzb Sketch
Viacom _Viacom Sketch
Virgin _Virgin Sketch
Vivat Direct Ltd _Vivat Sketch
Vivendi Universal _Vivendi Xtinct
VNU _VNU Research
Walden Publishing _Walden Sketch
Wenner Media _Wenner Sketch
William Reed _WReed Sketch
Yahoo! _Yahoo Sketch
ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen _ZDF Sketch
Ziff-Davis Media _Ziff Research
Updated & © 19 August 2014 Mike Holderness; Disclaimer.