Institutt for informasjons- og medievitenskap

Media, Markets & Public Spheres

Media, Markets & Public Spheres presents an overview of changes in the European public spheres over the last fifty years as well as in-depth analyses of structural changes in press and broadcasting, changing relations between media, changes in media policies and media history as record of cultural change.


The book is based on the project Changing Media, Changing Europe and edited by Jostein Gripsrud and Lennart Weibull. With a rare comparative perspective, both across nation states and across decades of European history, this book explores how and why the media decisively influence most social areas, from the socialization of children to the workings of the economy.

Compiled by a team of leading media researchers from ten countries, Media, Markets & Public Spheres will be useful to students in media and communication studies, and European studies, as well as for those studying sociology and political science.

Media, Markets & Public Spheres - European Media at the Crossroads - 2010 - ISBN 9781841503059 - Intellect

Jostein Gripsrud is professor at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies. Professor Peter Larsen at the department also contributes in the volume.

Chapter titles

Foreword - Ib Bondebjerg & Peter Golding

Preface - Jostein Gripsrud & Lennart Weibull

Public spheres, societal shifts and media modulations - Peter Dahlgren

Changing media, changing society: Four decades of European newspapers - Lennart Weibull & Åsa Nilsson

50 years of European television: An essay - Jostein Gripsrud

The public reception of early television: When television was new in the Nordic countries - Taisto Hujanen & Lennart Weibull

Televisualization of the popular press: An eye-catching trend of the late twentieth century’s media - Juha Herkman

British media and regulatory change: The antinomies of policy - John Corner

French media: Policy regulation and the public sphere  - Josiane Jouët

Changing media and public sphere in Turkey: The role of the state, market and the EU candidacy - Mine Gencel Bek

Reconsidering the paradox of parochialism and the shrinking news agenda - Biltereyst, Daniel & Live Desmet

Fakty vs. Wiadomości: On competition and confusion in Polish TV news - Wieslaw Godzic

When the elite press meets the rise of commercial culture  - Dominique Pasquier

The sounds of change: representations of music in European newspapers 1960-2000 - Klaus Bruhn Jensen & Peter Larsen

Celebrity culture and the public sphere: The tabloidization of power - Graham Murdock