East Asian broadcasting industries: Global, regional, and national perspectives

John V. Langdale*

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Global, regional, and national-level forces are shaping East Asian television broadcasting industries. National factors still have the greatest impact, but global and regional forces are becoming more important. Global media firms are expanding in the East Asian region by supplying programming to national broadcasters and, where host governments permit, by making equity investments in Asian media companies. They are also forming strategic alliances with other media transnational corporations as well as with regional and national firms. Asian broadcasters are also expanding their operations within the region, and the ethnic Chinese community in Southeast Asia is particularly important in this process. In addition, broadcasting firms with close linkages to ethnic Chinese business networks are expanding their regional operations. Because of government's role in regulating content and entry, the bargaining relationships between states and foreign capital are central to the industry's expansion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-321
Number of pages17
JournalEconomic Geography
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1997


  • Broadcasting
  • East Asia
  • Ethnic Chinese networks
  • Government
  • Internationalization
  • Regionalization
  • Transnational corporations


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