Carnegie UK Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in UK and Ireland.
Natalie Fenton, Des Freedman and Tamara Witschge undertook research into
Civil Society and the Media for the Carnegie UK Inquiry into the Future of
Civil Society in UK and Ireland. The report is published on 15 March 2010
and can be found on the Carnegie UK website
Even though there now is a plethora of media outlets, and citizens and
civil society can publish media content more easily than ever, there still
is a dominance of certain players that control news, information content
and public debate. With a broken funding model, lack of diversity in media
content, and online challenges to the production of material that is in the
public interest, this report examines how to protect and enhance the
plurality of media (both in terms of funding models and in terms of
content). As consolidation of media power continues, media ownership is
still a key issue. As the debates around the news media intensify, it is a
critical point in time to consider alternatives to media ownership and
funding models that can better serve the public interest.