Newspaper competition and content diversity: a comparison of regional media markets in Sweden

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This article discusses the relationship between the newspaper market structure in a region and the diversity of local news. It introduces some partial results on studies based on substantial media concentration within two very different regional newspaper markets in the North and in the South of Sweden. The findings suggest that the relationship between newspaper competition and local news diversity is rather complicated. The study gives some support to the thought that ruinous competition sometimes could be as bad for news diversity as monopoly media.
Este artículo trata sobre la relación entre la estructura de mercado regional para los periódicos impresos y la diversidad de las noticias locales. Presenta los resultados parciales de algunos estudios basados en la concentración de medios impresos en dos mercados regionales muy diferentes en el Norte y el Sur de Suecia. Los hallazgos sugieren que la relación entre la competencia entre los diarios y la diversidad de las noticias locales es más bien compleja. El estudio sustenta, asimismo, la idea de que la competencia destructiva en ocasiones puede ser tan negativa para la diversidad en la información como los mercados monopolísticos.
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