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Media Competition and News Diets

Cagé, Julia, Charles Angelucci and Michael Sinkinson
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Julia Cagé

No 14494, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: Technological innovations in content delivery, such as the advent of broadcast television or of the Internet, threaten local newspapers’ ability to bundle their original local content with third-party content such as wire national news. We examine how the entry of television – with its initial focus on national news – affected local newspapers as well as consumer news diets in the United States. We develop a model of local media and show that entry of national television news could reduce the provision of local news. We construct a novel dataset of U.S. newspapers’ economic performance and content choices from 1944 to 1964 and exploit quasi-random variation in the rollout of television to show that this new technology was a negative shock in both the readership and advertising markets for newspapers. Newspapers responded by providing less content, particularly local news. We tie this change towards increasingly nationalized news diets to a decrease in split-ticket voting across Congressional and Presidential elections.

Keywords: Media; Local news; Television; Newspapers; Advertising; Bundling; Split-ticket voting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D4 D7 L11 L15 M37 N72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cul, nep-his and nep-ict
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