1980’s represent the years when the press turned into the media and the structure of property changed via horizontal, vertical and cross monopolizations. This transformation which was observed in global scale took place in Turkey as well where neoliberal economy politics were put into practice. Consequently, the press, as a sector controlled by the bosses whose occupation was journalism till 1980’s, entered a transformation process to be controlled by the non-media capital groups whose occupations were not journalism, after 1980’s. Thereafter, the newspaper owners not only started to take control of the printing and distribution process but they also headed for other sectors such as radio, magazine, television and internet. On another hand, the media which became a field of investment for non-media capital groups due to deregulation and privatization policies, started to conduct business within a commercial body for which profit maximization was of importance. These developments brought integration of the press with the economic and political platform and thereby questioning of its traditional functions. This structural transformation in the media has been observed in the local and regional media organizations as much as in the widespread media organizations. However, the local and regional media which has generally been analysed in the academic studies, through its contributions on the formation of local public opinion or on the development of the local democracy process, has been evaluated independent from property relations. Haber Media Group in Samsun is an important example which represents the transformation of property relations in the media in the local scale. In this study, Haber Media Group is analysed in the sense of critical economy politics approach by using in-depth interview technique.
Economy Politics, Local/Regional Media, Property Structure of Media, Media Ownership