Media Data Base - International Media Corporations 2020

Media corporations have bigger budgets than some nation states. As agents and moderators of globalization they have economic and opinion-shaping power. They deal with the contemporary challenge of combining business segments belonging to the "Old Economy" with those of the "New Economy" by restructuring measures, cooperation or mergers with advertising agencies or social media platforms. It is technological progress and growing competition that force media corporations to expand their businesses on a national as well as an international level. To successfully compete, some media companies establish partnerships with financial investors, which in some cases have garnered considerable influence.

Who controls big media corporations? What kind of strategies do they apply?  What is the role of private equity investors? Based on the 2005 book "Who controls the Media" by Lutz Hachmeister and Günther Rager, the Institute of Media and Communication Policy established the media data base in order to provide comprehensive and up-to-date structural data concerning international media corporations.

The annual ranking of the 50 world's biggest media corporations includes companies that have a strategic focus on the creation of content for print, television, film and online properties. Because some cable companies control the distribution of programming and produce content themselves, they are included in the ranking as well. Listed are parent companies (such as News Corp.) even if a subsidiary (e.g. BsykB) generates revenues that are higher than other parent companies. The size of a media corporation is based on the media revenues generated in the past financial year. All amounts of revenue are converted to Euros, applying the annual average exchange rates.




Top 50 - International Media Corporations 2020

1.Alphabet Inc. (Mountain View/US)€ 159.800 billion
2.Comcast Corporation (Philadelphia/US)€ 90.670 billion
3.Facebook, Inc. (Meta) (Menlo Park/US)€ 75.030 billion
4.Tencent Holdings Ltd. (Shenzen/CN)€ 61.220 billion
5.The Walt Disney Company (Burbank/US)€ 57.250 billion
6.Apple Inc. (Cupertino/US)€ 47.070 billion
7.Charter Communications Inc. (Stamford/US)€ 42.110 billion
8.Sony Corporation (Tokyo/JP)€ 35.740 billion
9.Bytedance (Peking/CN)€ 32.390 billion
10.WarnerMedia (AT&T Inc.) (New York/US)€ 29.410 billion
11.Shanghai Media Group (Shanghai/CN)€ 28.050 billion
12.Microsoft Corporation (Redmond/US)€ 23.980 billion
13.Altice Europe N.V./Altice USA, Inc. (Amsterdam/NL)€ 23.740 billion
14.Viacom Inc./CBS Corp. (New York/US)€ 22.140 billion, Inc. (Seattle/US)€ 22.070 billion
16.Netflix (Los Gatos/US)€ 21.890 billion
17.Liberty/Qurate Retail, Inc. (Englewood/US)€ 20.610 billion
18.News Corp. Ltd./21st Century Fox (New York/US)€ 18.660 billion
19.Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (Gütersloh/DE)€ 17.290 billion
20.Vivendi S.A. (Paris/FR)€ 16.090 billion
21.Nintendo Company Ltd. (Kyoto/JP)€ 14.435 billion
22.Baidu Inc. (Beijing/CN)€ 14.370 billion
23.Dish Network Corporation (Englewood, CO/US)€ 13.560 billion
24.The Hearst Corporation (New York/US)€ 10.180 billion
25.NetEase (Beijing/CN)€ 9.880 billion
26.Discovery Inc. (Silver Spring/US)€ 9.340 billion
27.Bloomberg L.P. (New York/US)€ 9.190 billion
28.Rogers Communications, Inc. (Toronto/CA)€ 9.100 billion
29.beIN Media Group (Doha/QA)€ 8.670 billion
30.RELX Group (London/GB)€ 7.990 billion
31.Spotify AB (Stockholm/SE)€ 7.880 billion
32.BBC (London/GB)€ 7.260 billion
33.Activision Blizzard Inc. (Santa Monica/US)€ 7.080 billion
34.ARD (München, Berlin/DE)€ 6.978 billion
35.S&P Global (New York/USA)€ 6.520 billion
36.Verizon (New York/US)€ 6.130 billion
37.Fuji Media Holdings, Inc. / Sankei Shimbun (Tokyo/JP)€ 6.086 billion
38.Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. (Tokyo/JP)€ 6.080 billion
39.Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings / Nippon Television Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo/JP)€ 5.930 billion
40.Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Tokyo/JP)€ 5.880 billion
41.Asahi Shimbun Group / TV Asahi (Tokyo/JP)€ 5.670 billion
42.Nielsen Holdings plc (New York/USA)€ 5.500 billion
43.Sinclair Broadcast Group (Hunt Valley / USA)€ 5.200 billion
44.Access Industries (Warner Music, DAZN, Deezer) (New York/US)€ 5.050 billion
45.Electronic Arts Inc. (Redwood City/US)€ 4.850 billion
46.Wolters Kluwer nv (Alphen aan den Rijn/NL)€ 4.600 billion
47.Lagardère Media (Paris/FR)€ 4.400 billion
48.ProSiebenSat.1 SE (Unterföhring/DE)€ 4.040 billion
49.Grupo Televisa (Mexico City/MX)€ 3.970 billion
50.Nexstar Media Group (Irving/US)€ 3.940 billion
51.Pearson plc (London/GB)€ 3.780 billion

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