Media Conglomerates - Who Owns What?

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Who Owns What? The AOL Time Warner Merger

Time Warner was the world's largest media company. AOL was the world's largest internet provider. And on January 11, 2001, a year after their merger was announced, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the AOL acquisition of Time Warner. The merger will help the internet grow even more and become the central point for entertainment by "speeding up the development of interactive television and online entertainment as the company funnels Time Warner content onto AOL's network  (Davidson, 2001). As AOL Time Warner expands in the near future and companies are combined or new companies are starter, the integrity of journalism could be jeopardized.

The FCC under the conditions aimed at protecting rival instant messaging providers and small internet service providers approved the $100 billion purchase. FCC Chairman William Kennard defended the decision by stating "We could not find (the deal) was in the public interest without conditions designed to protect the open competitive nature of the Internet  (Davidson, 2001).

Through the merger AOL acquired the rights to some of entertainments most familiar names such as Time and P

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