Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Korea: government impeding media convergence
An editorial in Korea's JoongAng Ilbo calls for the elimination of government restrictions that would allow for dual ownership of newspaper and television companies and help catapult Korea into the 21st century of communications. Commenting on a speech made by Noh Sung-Dai, head of the Korean Broadcasting Company, to the country's National Assembly, the editorial lauds the advantages of "media convergence" and points out that it is already a common practice in the US, Europe, Australia and Japan. According to the JoongAng Ilbo, the law that prohibits dual ownership, a product of the military regimes of the 1980's, is only impeding the growth of Korean media which already has the infrastructure and advanced technology necessary to develop a thriving and internationally competitive media culture.
Source: JoongAng Ilbo
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