Do you care who owns a media property?

THE PRIVATE EQUITY-BACKED owners of The Providence Journal say that the cuts they have made to the staffs of the newspapers it has bought were of highly paid but unproductive reporters. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD
THE PRIVATE EQUITY-BACKED owners of The Providence Journal say that the cuts they have made to the staffs of the newspapers it has bought were of highly paid but unproductive reporters. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

The ownership structure of newspapers have joined the discussion about corporate ownership of news media outlets, something that has been a hot button issue for years when it comes to television and radio stations and cable channels. As revenue for newspapers continues to fall, many of the hedge fund or private equity owners of the dailies and weeklies have cut significant portions of their newsroom personnel, which many journalists believe will have an impact on the quality of work that can be done. What do you think? Does the ownership of a media outlet have an effect on its quality?

Do you care who owns a media property?

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