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The two media conglomerates that I have chosen are Fox Broadcasting Company and PBS. I picked these two networks because they are as different as you can possibly get when it comes to television's basic broadcast channels.

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Greg Faucher 2/12/03 Writing Assignment #1 Communications, Media, and Society Prof. Joe Rose The two media conglomerates that I have chosen are Fox Broadcasting Company and PBS. I picked these two networks because they are as different as you can possibly get when it comes to television's basic broadcast channels. Fox has grown remarkably as a network since its incarnation in 1985. It has gone from a laughable network, to the fourth biggest network, only behind perennial front- runners NBC, CBS, and ABC. The network is owned by a powerful businessman by the name of Rupert Murdoch. The Australian born Murdoch purchased half of the ownership to the 20th Century-Fox film corporation in 1984. The next year he acquired the other half. At the time he was the owner of Australia's "News Corporation Limited." By making these acquisitions, Murdoch was now in control of an extensive film library, along with rights to a large amount of television series'. He began to buy up independent stations across the country. By 1985 he was able to reach 20% of all the households in the United States. Throughout the end of 1980's Fox continued to grow, despite losing tens of millions of dollars annually until the dawn of the new decade. ...read more.

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Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation Conglomerate has become very large in recent years. It currently has three film production companies, two internet companies, 11 networks, 22 affiliated stations, 1 radio network, 5 publishing companies, 2 magazines, 8 newspapers, owns or partially owns 5 professional sports teams, and owns or partially owns 3 stadiums and/or arenas. It's safe to say that Rupert Murdoch isn't doing too bad for himself. PBS is an entirely different network than Fox. The name PBS has been around since 1967, when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Public Broadcasting Act. There were public broadcasting stations before this, but this act made their importance more known. The act stressed that public broadcasting was important to put forth a difference in ideas, imagination, the arts, and a forum for more educational programming. Today many smaller PBS affiliates come together to form PBS as a whole. WGBH in Boston happens to be one of the leaders in producing quality public television. The difference that separates PBS from Fox is that PBS is publicly funded. It is free of advertising in the traditional sense. They rely on public donations to keep the network running. ...read more.

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Also, I can get my sports fix sometimes by watching Fox. The fact that anyone can advertise on their network means that they have an incredible amount of money to put into the network. However this can get very annoying when you see companies take over shows, much like Coca-Cola does on "American Idol". Fox is a very successful network, but they're not necessarily a respected network. However, I believe they are doing their job by serving the public, and providing an alternative when it comes to network television. I believe PBS has the exact opposite of a problem. I think they are a highly respected network, but not necessarily successful, in terms of a network. PBS needs to look to change the formula even more to get more people to watch, while keeping their core viewers. I do believe PBS does their job serving the public. I have watched many interesting shows and when they were over I felt smarter for watching them. That is a great thing indeed. Also, PBS pays attention to the arts more than any other station. I have seen many great musicians on PBS, along with various other artistic shows. Overall, like I said before, both stations are successful at what they're trying to do. It just comes down to a matter of credibility. ...read more.

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