Good morning! Today’s newsletter is brought to you by Peter. I’m at the Audiencer’s Festival in London this afternoon. Say hello if you’re there.

We’re excited to have an initial list of confirmed speakers for Mx3 AI: the event we’re collaborating with Media Makers Meet to put on. Come and hear from Bauer’s Global SEO Director, GenAI Con’s Founder, The Journalism AI Project’s Director and more on how publishers can make the most of the opportunities AI provides.

Who owns the news? Mail titles, News UK and Reach dominate

Who owns the news in the UK? New analysis reveals three companies dominate ownership of UK news media: News UK, Mail titles and Reach.


It won’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the UK’s media landscape, but just three companies hold an overwhelming share of the market. The “Who Owns the UK Media?” 2023 report, published by the Media Reform Coalition at Goldsmiths University, shows that DMG Media, News UK and Reach control 90% of the UK’s national newspaper market.

The same three publishers control over 40% of the audience reach of the UK’s top 50 online newsbrands according to the Media Reform Coalition’s analysis of Ipsos iris data in Press Gazette’s monthly round-up.

Report author Tom Chivers said: “A free, independent and plural media is essential to the functioning of a healthy democracy. Across our newspapers, TV channels, radio stations and online platforms, these companies hold a dangerous level of power to dictate our national conversation and influence the political agenda to favour their own interests.” Amen Tom.

Do you think it matters who owns the news? Is this kind of concentration of media control a problem for our societies? Would regulation solve the problem? Tell us what you think in our community forum.


How AI reduces the world to stereotypes

Rest of World analyzed 3,000 AI images to see how image generators visualise different countries and cultures.

Rest of World analysed 3,000 AI images to see how image generators visualize different countries and cultures. Their analysis shows that generative AI systems have tendencies toward ‘bias, stereotypes, and reductionism’ when it comes to national identities. An Indian person is almost always an old man with a beard, a Mexican person is usually a man in a sombrero and in Indonesia, it seems food is served almost exclusively on banana leaves. Oh dear!


Why building a community around your publication matters

Esther Thorpe from Media Voices on the power of community

Esther is on Charlotte Henry’s The Addition podcast talking about why Media Voices launched a community. She explains how the legendary Singletrackworld forum inspired us, how community isn’t the same as audience, the importance of the niche and how it has already led to a nice little bump in our newsletter subscriptions (hello ????).


Netflix UK reports 12% revenue growth despite single-digit subscriber adds

Netflix appears reliant on price increases for UK growth, as membership growth remains in the single digits.

Netflix’s UK business grew 12% to £1.54 billion last year. The streaming giant increased operating profit in the UK to £31.6 million in 2022, up from £28.6 million in 2021. Growth in the average number of paid memberships was positive at 4%, but revenue growth came from a 14% increase in average monthly revenue per paying membership.

More from Media Voices


Jacqui Merrington on why she’s optimistic about AI and journalism

Jacqui Merrington discusses how newsrooms can go about implementing AI sustainably, and what best (and worst) practice looks like in 2023.


One email to rule them all: The New Statesman consolidates its newsletters

The New Statesman has whittled down its portfolio to just a daily and Saturday newsletter. But is consolidation wise in an era of personalisation?


Why newsrooms present challenges for project management

A new guide aims to help reporters and editors manage projects more effectively within the newsroom.

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