'An insider's game': Framing media mergers in France and the United States

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The article examines the way in which media mergers in France and the US are framed. This is done in order to ascertain whether media mergers, which are symptomatic of the growing concentration in the global media industries, are presented as purely commercial events or as events with sociopolitical repercussions. Content analysis of articles in the French press covering the Vivendi Universal merger in France and in the American press covering the AOL Time Warner merger in the US was conducted. Results suggest that in both countries the respective mergers are mostly framed as economic events, thereby removing the event from the realm of political contention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-346
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Communication Gazette
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by a grant from the Winthrop B. Chamberlain Research Fund administered by the Communication Studies Department at the University of Michigan. I am grateful for the comments of Nicholas Valentino and W. Russell Neuman. I wish to thank Chloé Marien and Natalie Cohn for their invaluable research assistance.


  • Business news
  • Comparative research
  • Framing
  • France
  • Mergers
  • Political communication
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science


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