- Who owns your messages? The Top 100 Digital News Outlets and Their Properties
Written byCarly Hallmann
A thorough analysis of America's 100 top news sites reveals key shareholders, parent companies and similarities.
We wanted to answer the question, "Who owns the news media on the internet?" While many are panicking at the shrinking world of broadcast, print and radio news, the number of people is increasing (about one in four Americans) get their messages online. We wanted to find out who owns thisInternetsTop news networks because the internet's "wild west" would certainly be less consolidated, right?
Well, yes and no... our research showed us that some of the companies that own everything have also made their way onto the online news scene. This table of news sources clearly shows who owns what, and some of the biggest media companies also happen to own the most successful and productive online newspapers and news websites. The wild space of digital news has led to a rather worrying concentration of media ownership. Map these media conglomerates and see how small the world of online news has become.
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The Top 100 Digital News Outlets and Their Properties
|Side? site||Property||Specific person/notes|
|Uproxx.com||Access Industries||Leonard Blavatnik|
|DallasNews.com||A. H. Belo Corporation|
|DenverPost.com||Alden Global Capital||Owns more than 50 daily newspapers, including under the Digital First Media brand|
|News.Google.com||Alphabet Inc.||Owner of America's number one search engine, Google|
|CNN.com||AT&T Inc.||Multimedia conglomerate and parent company of WarnerMedia with approximately $170 billion in revenue|
|BusinessInsider.com||Axel Springer SE||German parent company of Insider Inc. with sales of 3.3 billion US dollars|
|BuffaloNews.com||Berkshire Hathaway||US bank posts $247 billion in revenue|
|BuzzFeedNews.com||BuzzFeed Inc. (1/3 owned by Comcast)|
|StarAdvertiser.com||Black Press Group Ltd.||David Holmes Black (80% stake)|
|Bloomberg.com||Bloomberg L.P.||Michael Bloomberg|
|BostonGlobe.com||Boston Globe Media Partners LLC|
|Breitbart.com||Breitbart News Network LLC|
|To drive. com||Bustle Digital Group||The group behind Bustle, Romper, Elite Daily and The Zoe Report|
|politico.com||Capitol News Company||Robert Allbritton|
|CNBC.com||Komcast||Owners of MSNBC, NBCUniversal, Xfinity, DreamWorks Animation and more, earns $94 billion in revenue Roberts Family (33% share)|
|AJC.com||Cox Enterprises Inc.||Cox family|
|I'm an economist. com||The Economists Group||Owned by the Cadbury, Rothschild, Schroder, Layton and Agnelli families|
|HollywoodReporter.com||Eldridge Industries LLC|
|Forbes.com||Integrated Whale Media Investments||Chinese investors who were later sued when part of the original payment to the Forbes family was lost|
|USAToday.com||Gannett Co. Inc.||The largest US newspaper publisher by daily circulation|
|Versand.com||GateHouse Media Inc.||Publishes 144 daily newspapers|
|Upworthy.com||Good Worldwide Inc.|
|Thrillist.com||Group Nine Media Inc. (35% owned by Discovery Inc.)||Owners of Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo and Seeker|
|Chron.com||Hearst Communications||Owned by the Hearst family, grandsons of William Randolph Hearst|
|TheDailyBeast.com||IAC (InterActiveCorp)||Owners of numerous online entities such as Match.com, CollegeHumor, Ask.com, HomeAdvisor and more|
|Wetter.com||IBM||computer company that is one of the largest employers in the world|
|Mashable.com||J2 Global Inc.|
|STLToday.com||Lee company||Publisher of 46 US daily newspapers|
|KansasCity.com||Die Firma McClatchy||Operator of 29 US daily newspapers|
|LATimes.com||Nantes capital||Patrick Soon-Shiong|
|WashingtonPost.com||Nash holdings||Jeff Bezos|
|CBSNews.com||National Amusements Inc. (80% stake in CBS Corporation)||Sumner und Shari Redstone|
|TheHill.com||News Communications Inc.|
|WSJ.com||News Corp||Murdoch family (39% voting rights)|
|FoxNews.com||Fox Corporation||Murdoch family (39% voting rights)|
|Newsday.com||Newsday Media||Patrick Dolan|
|Newsweek.com||Newsweek media group||Was owned by IBT and IAC but is now an independent company|
|NYTimes.com||Die New York Times Company||Sulzberger family|
|Vielfalt. with||Penske media company||Jay Penske (Anteil 60%)|
|Philly.com||Philadelphia Foundation||A community foundation, not a company|
|TheGuardian.com||Scott Trust Limited||British company that also owns the Observer|
|SeattleTimes.com||Die Firma Seattle Times||Familie Bleth|
|Schiefer.com||The Slate Group|
|StarTribune.com||Star Tribune media company||Glen Taylor|
|SunTimes.com||ST acquisition stocks||Edwin Eisendrath|
|BaltimoreSun.com||Tribune media company||A huge media conglomerate with 39 television stations and numerous newspapers|
|Gizmodo.com||Univision Communications Inc.||Mega media company with 61 TV channels as well as online offerings like Lifehacker, Kotaku, Jalopnik and io9|
|USNews.com||US News & World Report L.P.||Mortimer Zuckermann|
|QZ.com||Uzabase Inc.||Investment company based in Japan|
|News.Yahoo.com||Verizon Communications||Owner of AOL, Yahoo!, a massive fiber optic network and numerous other large properties with $130.86 billion in revenue|
|TheVerge.com||Vox Media Inc.|
|ABCNews.Go.Com||Die Walt Disney Company||A giant media company that owns Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Studios, Disney Parks, ESPN, FX, A&E Networks, ABC Broadcast Networks and more|
|NationalGeographic.com||The Walt Disney Company (73% stake)|
|ArkansasOnline.com||WEHCO Media Inc.|
|Reuters.com||The Woodbridge Company Limited (59.6% stake in Thomson Reuters Corporation)||Thomson family|
The top 100 news sites were compiled using Pew Research Center's list of newspapers by average Sunday circulation, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media, Pew Research Center's list of digitally native news outlets by comScore categories (excluding the sports category) with at least 10 million average monthly unique visitors and Alexa's top sites in the News category.
These top 100 news sites have been compiled as follows:
- The top newspapers by average Sunday circulationaccording to the Pew Research Center, which used data from the Alliance for Audited Media
- The top digital-native news outlets by monthly unique visitorsaccording to the Pew Research Center, which used comScore data (excluding those in the sports category)
- Alex Top-Sitesunder the News category (excluding user-generated and/or international pages)
As we dive into our online media table, let's talk about who owns the major news networks.Media Consolidationwas a big issue both offline and online, so we'll point out a few key players.
Who owns the media in the US?
One15 billionairesandsix companiesown most US media. The largest media conglomerates in America are AT&T, Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, National Amusements (which includes Viacom Inc. and CBS), News Corp and Fox Corporation (both of which are partially owned by the Murdochs), Sony and Hearst Communications. All of them except Sony appear in our online news source table.
Who owns CNN?
The ultimate owner of CNN isAT&T. CNN's parent company is Warner Media LLC, which also owns HBO, Otter Media, Warner Brothers and Turner Broadcasting System. Warner Media is then owned by parent company AT&T.
Who owns the Fox News Network?
Fox News is owned by Fox Corporation, which is partially owned bythe Murdoch family(39% share). It's also important to note that the same Fox News owner, Rupert Murdoch, owns News Corp with the same 39% stake, and News Corp owns the New York Post, HarperCollins, and the Wall Street Journal.
Who Owns NBC News?
The owner of NBC and MSNBC isKomcast. NBC's parent company is NBCUniversal, an umbrella company that also includes Fandango, Hulu, Universal Pictures, and Telemundo. NBCUniversal is then owned by parent company Comcast.
Who Owns ABC News?
ABC News is a subsidiary of ABC, which is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Television, which is a subsidiary of Disney Media Networks, of which it is a partDie Walt Disney Company. Disney owns almost too much to mention here; We made a chartwhich companies belong to Disneyso far.
Who Owns CBS?
CBS News, owned by CBS Corporation, is in turn owned byNational Amusements. National Amusements has an 80% voting majority and also owns the major company Viacom, the company behind Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, BET, CMT and VH1.
Who Owns Mainstream Media Newspapers?
According to advocacyfree press, these are the major publicly traded newspaper companies with the highest revenues and number of daily newspapers:
- Gannett Co. Inc.
- Tribune media company
- Digital First Media (owned by Alden Global Capital)
- New Media Investment Group
- Die Firma McClatchy
- Berkshire Hathaway
- Lee company
- Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.
- Black Press Group
Which online news sources are largely independent?
The following are not owned by any of the Big Six, a major corporation, or a corporation that owns multiple newspapers on this top 100 list. They are largely independent:
While it's important to consider who controls the media, it's also important to remember that while many media owners don't lend a hand when it comes to content, some are quite invasive. Will news companies publish a story that casts their parent company in a negative light? It depends on the publication, the parent company and the ethics of its journalists.
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|Reach||Reported 90 million visits per month, SimilarWeb April 2021.|
|# estimated monthly||90,000,000|
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We examine the patterns of media ownership in 97 countries around the world. We find that almost universally the largest media firms are owned by the government or by private families. Government ownership is more pervasive in broadcasting than in the printed media.What do you mean by media ownership? ›
The commercial and legal control of interpersonal and mass communication technologies by individuals, corporations, and/or governments.Who owns US news and World Report? ›
The leadership team includes Executive Chairman Eric Gertler, President & CEO William Holiber, CFO/COO Neil Maheshwari and Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer. Brian Kelly was the chief content officer from April 2007 – August 2019. The company is owned by media proprietor Mortimer Zuckerman.Are all news outlets owned by the same company? ›
Just 37 years ago, there were 50 companies in charge of most American media. Now, 90% of the media in the United States is controlled by just six corporations: AT&T, CBS, Comcast, Disney, Newscorp and Viacom.Which news Channel is owned by government? ›
The Government of India owns news media such as DD News and All India Radio.Who owns what streaming services? ›
|Netflix||Netflix, Inc.||January 16, 2007|
|Amazon Prime Video||Amazon.com, Inc.||September 7, 2006|
|Disney+||The Walt Disney Company||November 12, 2019|
|Tencent Video||Tencent||June 2011|
Based on authority granted by Congress, the FCC sets limits on the number of broadcast stations (radio and TV stations) an entity may own, and on the common ownership of broadcast stations and newspapers.Who control social media? ›
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the government body responsible for regulating social media.
Radio and television broadcasters must obtain a license from the government because, according to American law, the public owns the airwaves. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issues these licenses and is in charge of regulating the airwaves.Does the Russian government own the media? ›
Two of the three main channels are majority owned by the state. Channel One is 51% publicly owned, while Rossiya is 100% state-owned through the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK).Does Jeff Bezos own any media companies? ›
Jeff Bezos/Washington Post
The Amazon founder and second-richest person in the world ($169bn compared with Musk's $252bn) bought the Washington Post for $250m in 2013.
The Washington Post is a major American newspaper that was acquired by Bezos for $250 million. The acquisition ended 42 years of the newspaper being part of a publicly-traded company.Who are the biggest media owners? ›
In the 2022 Forbes Global 2000 list, Comcast is America's largest media conglomerate, in terms of revenue, with The Walt Disney Company, Paramount Global, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Fox Corporation completing the top four.What are the ethical issues related to media ownership? ›
In relation to news coverage it includes issues such as impartiality, objectivity, balance, bias, privacy, and the public interest. More generally, it also includes stereotyping, taste and decency, obscenity, freedom of speech, advertising practices such as product placement, and legal issues such as defamation.Is Google a media owner? ›
Google's dominance as the world's largest media owner has increased, with the gap between it and its nearest competitor widening significantly over the past year.Who Owns America today? ›
|Front page (February 2, 2017)|
Public television has a far smaller role than in most other countries. However, a number of states, including West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and South Carolina, among others, do have state-owned public broadcasting authorities which operate and fund all public television stations in their respective states.Who controls global news? ›
Global News is the news and current affairs division of the Canadian Global Television Network. The network is owned by Corus Entertainment, which oversees all of the network's national news programming as well as local news on its 21 owned-and-operated stations.
Some estimates claim as much as 90% of U.S. media is controlled by just six companies. The big six media companies right now are Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS), AT&T (NYSE:T), Paramount Global (NASDAQ:PARA), Sony (NYSE:SONY), and Fox (NASDAQ:FOX).Where do news outlets get their stories? ›
That's because the story originates from a wire service. News agencies like Reuters, Bloomberg, and the Associated Press (AP) hire journalists to write original articles that are published on the wire and picked up by a variety of subscribing news outlets.Why is it important to know who owns the media companies? ›
The public knowledge of owners' identities helps to ensure that abuses of media power can be assessed, publicised, openly debated and – even – prevented.Is NBC owned by the Government? ›
(NBC), major American commercial broadcasting company, since 2004 the television component of NBCUniversal, which is owned by the Comcast Corporation.Does the Government own channel 9? ›
It is owned by parent company Nine Entertainment, and is one of five main free-to-air television networks in Australia. 9Go! From 2017 to 2021, the network's slogan has been "We Are the One". Since 2021, the network has changed its slogan back to the iconic Golden Era slogan "Still the One".Is Channel 7 owned by the Government? ›
The Seven Network (commonly known as Channel Seven or simply Seven) is a major Australian commercial free-to-air television network. It is owned by Seven West Media Limited, and is one of five main free-to-air television networks in Australia. The network's headquarters are located in Sydney.Does Disney own 100 of Hulu? ›
Hulu is currently owned by Disney (67%) and Comcast (33%), who are due to reach a sale agreement in January 2024.Which company if any owns Hulu? ›
|Type of business||Subsidiary|
|Type of site||OTT video streaming platform|
|Area served||United States Japan|
|Owner||The Walt Disney Company (67%) Comcast (through NBCUniversal) (33%)|
|Parent||Disney Streaming (Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution)|
Last year, Hastings told CNBC that the company "didn't think Roku had much of a chance" when compared to game consoles and the Apple TV. The spin-off left Netflix with 15% equity in Roku and gave Wood patents and more than two dozen Netflix employees. Netflix sold its investment stake in Roku in 2009.Does the US government regulate media? ›
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The FCC is directed by five commissioners appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate for five-year terms, except when filling an unexpired term. The U.S. president designates one of the commissioners to serve as chairman.Which authority regulates media? ›
Each mass medium or information and communication technology (ICT) has its own regulatory authority: the press is monitored by the Press Council of India, telecommunications is regulated by TRAI (Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India), cinema by the CBFC(Central Board for Film Certification), advertising by ...What laws control social media? ›
Laws associated with social media litigation include the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Communications Decency Act. Defamation and privacy lawsuits can be filed based on social media content. Social networking sites often have greater protection under the law than their users.How do I stop being controlled by social media? ›
- Turn Off The Notifications. This one is a no-brainer, but it can be hard to do for some. ...
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Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) is the most-followed sports personality and European on Twitter, with over 106 million followers. Prime minister of India Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) is the most followed Asian on Twitter, with over 85 million followers.What laws govern news media? ›
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates interstate and foreign communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. It was created by the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 151 et seq.) to regulate interstate and foreign communications by wire and radio in the public interest.What media in the United States are essentially free from government interference? ›
Although the United States government does not own or control the media, it does regulate the content and ownership of broadcast media. Print media, on the other hand, are essentially free from government interference.What media can the FCC not regulate? ›
First, the regulation applies only to the broadcast medium, which means that the FCC has no power to enforce it against cable news networks, newspapers or newsletters (whether online or print), social media platforms, online-only streaming outlets or any other non-broadcast news platform.Does Russia have free healthcare? ›
Since 1996, Russia's constitution has provided citizens and residents with the right to free healthcare. This is provided by the state through the Federal Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund (also called the OMI or Obligatory Medical Insurance). It is funded through payroll and employer contributions.Who controls the media in Ukraine? ›
Television, magazines, and newspapers are all operated by both state-owned and for-profit corporations which depend on advertising, subscription, and other sales-related revenues. The Constitution of Ukraine guarantees freedom of speech. As a country in transition, Ukraine's media system is under transformation.
As of 2020, 122,488,468 (85% of the country's total population) were Internet users. As of September 2020, Russia ranked 47th among the world's countries by the fixed broadband Internet access speed, with an average download speed of 75.91 mbit/s, and 88th by the mobile network Internet access speed with 22.83 mbit/s.Which newspapers are owned by billionaires? ›
- Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post.
- John Henry, The Boston Globe.
- Glen Taylor, Star Tribune.
- Patrick Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles Times.
- Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas Review-Journal.
- Joe Mansueto, Inc. ...
- Laurene Powell Jobs, The Atlantic.
On July 5, 2021, Bezos stepped down as the CEO and President of Amazon and transferred to the role of executive chairman; Andy Jassy, the chief of Amazon's cloud computing division, succeeded Bezos as the CEO and President of Amazon. On July 20, 2021, he flew to space alongside his half-brother, Mark.What two companies does Bezos own? ›
Jeff Bezos is an American technology entrepreneur and investor. He is best known as the founder and former CEO Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), one of the world's largest online retailers. Bezos is also the founder of Blue Origin, an aerospace company, and owner of The Washington Post.Does Jeff Bezos own Google? ›
|FUNDING DATE||COMPANY||FUNDING AMOUNT|
|Nov, 1998||$1M / Angel|
|Jan, 2016||GRAIL||$100M / Series A|
1. Bernard Arnault & family. Bernard Arnault is the CEO and Chair of LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and his net worth is $198.4 billion, meaning Elon Musk was overtaken as the world's richest man in 2022.How much of Amazon does Jeff Bezos own? ›
Today, the company holds a market capitalization of $914.6 billion, according to the Nasdaq exchange. That's down more than $500 million in 11 months. Bezos presently owns just less than 10% of outstanding Amazon shares, according to Forbes.How many newspapers does Warren Buffett Own? ›
Buffett, announced on Wednesday that it had agreed to sell its 31 newspapers for $140 million in cash.What percentage of media is owned by Murdoch? ›
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp owns 59% of the metropolitan and national print media markets by readership — up from 25% in 1984. Nine Entertainment is the second-largest media owner, with a combined 23% readership share.What news networks does Jeff Bezos own? ›
Jeff Bezos - The Washington Post
Among the most successful of the tech giant purchases, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos purchased The Washington Post in 2013 for $250 million in cash. Bezos has had a largely hands-on role with the Post, even offering a subscription of the newspaper to Amazon Prime users.
By Dan Froomkin. For a news organization, being owned by an oligarch can be complicated. In 2013, when Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post from the Graham family, those complications were not top of mind.What is the number one stock Warren Buffett owns? ›
|STOCK||NUMBER OF SHARES OWNED||VALUE OF STAKE|
|Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)||907,559,761||$131.6 billion|
|Bank of America (NYSE:BAC)||1,010,100,606||$37.5 billion|
|Chevron (NYSE:CVX)||165,359,318||$29.9 billion|
|Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO)||400,000,000||$25.2 billion|
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Apple is the world's most valuable public company and Warren Buffet's largest stock holding.
With a net worth of US$21.7 billion as of 2 March 2022, Murdoch is the 31st richest person in the United States and the 71st richest in the world.How much of Amazon Does Jeff own? ›
Bezos owns about 10% of Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, according to the company's 2022 proxy statement.What billionaires own the media? ›
For well over a century, the world's wealthiest have dominated the media landscape, with plenty of them, including the Bloomberg, Hearst, Newhouse, Murdoch, and Ochs-Sulzberger families, still living large today.What franchises does Jeff Bezos own? ›
Bezos owns The Washington Post and Blue Origin, an aerospace company developing rockets; he briefly flew to space in one in July 2021. Bezos said in a November 2022 interview with CNN that he plans to give away the majority of his wealth in his lifetime, without disclosing specific details.Does Jeff Bezos own anything other than Amazon? ›
Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post and through Bezos Expeditions, has significant stakes in companies such as Google, Uber, and Airbnb. Blue Origin is another Jeff Bezos-owned company which he hopes to devote more time to in the future.What company did Jeff Bezos invest in? ›
Investments Over the Years
The venture capital firm made several prudent investments in early and late-stage ventures since its inception in 2005. Apart from this, he also owns Nashville Holdings LLC, through which he bought The Washington Post in 2013. Unsurprisingly, Bezos was an angel investor in Google in 1998.