Who Owns the News Networks?

In today’s media-driven world, it’s important to know who owns the news networks. This infographic breaks down the top 8 networks and their respective owners.

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Fox News

Fox News Channel is an American basic cable and satellite news television channel that is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. The channel broadcasts primarily from studios at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in New York City.

Ownership

News Corporation: Rupert Murdoch’s company owns Fox News, which he started in 1996. News Corporation also owns The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, and a host of other newspapers and media outlets.

Disney: The Walt Disney Company owns ABC, which it acquired when it purchased Capital Cities/ABC in 1996. Disney also owns ESPN, A&E, and the History Channel.

Viacom: Sumner Redstone’s company owns CBS and a host of other channels including MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central.

Programming

Fox News (officially Fox News Channel and abbreviated FNC) is an American pay television news channel. It is owned by the Fox News Group, which itself is owned by Fox Corporation. The channel broadcasts primarily from studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Fox News is provided in 86 countries or overseas territories worldwide, with international broadcasts featuring Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty content.

CNN

CNN, or Cable News Network, is a American news-based pay television channel owned by AT&T’s WarnerMedia. The 24-hour cable news channel was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner. Upon its launch, CNN was the first channel to provide 24-hour television news coverage, and was the first all-news television channel in the United States.

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Ownership

The news networks are owned by a handful of companies, including Comcast, Disney, and AT&T. Each company has a different portfolio of news networks, including CNN, ABC News, NBC News, and Fox News.

Programming

CNN’s programming consists of several shows that air throughout the day and week. The majority of the programs are geared towards news reporting and analysis, however, there are also a few shows that feature documentaries, interviews, and discussions.

Below is a list of some popular programs that air on CNN:

-Anderson Cooper 360
– Erin Burnett OutFront
-The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
-CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin
-The Lead with Jake Tapper
-State of the Union with Jake Tapper
-Fareed Zakaria GPS

MSNBC

Comcast Corporation is an American multinational mass media conglomerate that is the largest broadcasting and cable television company in the world by revenue. Comcast services U.S. residential and commercial customers in 40 states and in the District of Columbia.

Ownership

Most people know that NBC is owned by Comcast and MSNBC is a subsidiary of NBC. But that’s not the whole story. In fact, there are three companies involved in the ownership and operation of MSNBC: Comcast, NBCUniversal, and National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).

Comcast is the largest company, with a market capitalization of over $200 billion. They are the primary owners of both NBC and MSNBC. Comcast acquired NBC in 2011 for $13.8 billion. In addition to owning several other television networks, Comcast also owns the film studio Universal Studios and the theme park Universal Studios Theme Parks.

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NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast. They own such assets as the cable channels USA Network and Syfy, as well as the film studio Focus Features. NBCUniversal was formed in 2004 when General Electric (GE) merged its NBC television network with Vivendi’s film and television assets. GE owned 80% of the new company, with Vivendi owning 20%. In 2011, Comcast acquired a 51% stake in NBCUniversal from GE, with GE retaining a 49% stake. In 2013, Comcast completed its full acquisition of NBCUniversal, paying $16.7 billion to buy out GE’s remaining stake.

National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) is the actual network that airs MSNBC programming. It is a subsidiary of NBCUniversal. Prior to 2010, it was a wholly owned subsidiary of General Electric (GE).

Programming

MSNBC is a 24-hour cable news channel that is part of the NBC News umbrella. The channel focuses on stories that are of interest to a national audience, with an emphasis on news that is relevant to the African American community. MSNBC also airs programs that focus on business, politics, health, and other issues.

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