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Media Economics and Management

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ISBN 9781032057996
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge India
168 Pages

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Book Description

This book offers a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and terms in media economics and management and explains their applications using relevant data. Beginning with a conceptual study of media markets, industry structures, firm behavior, public policy, production, pricing and consumption choices in media industries, the book uses the framework to present an in-depth examination of the management of four major media industry sectors in India: newspaper publishing, television broadcasting, film, and digital media industries. It also deals with two topics relevant across media business sectors: creative industries approaches and copyright issues. The book discusses the economic forces and factors that shape the workings of media industries and institutions in India to highlight trends in a business that is rapidly evolving, highly profitable and is marked by regional, linguistic, economic and cultural diversity. This volume is a step towards formalizing the emerging field of media economics and management within the discipline of mass communication and journalism as an area of research and education in India.

An accessible guide to the basic principles and concepts of media economics and management, with illustrations from Indian and global media industries, this will be an essential resource for students, researchers and teachers of media and communication studies, media economics and management,  political economy, sociology as well as for professionals in media industries.

Table of Contents

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Foreword by Vibodh Parthasarathi




Chapter 1        Understanding Media Products, Firms and Markets

Chapter 2        Media Firms: Revenues, Costs, Demand, Supply and Pricing

Chapter 3        Audiences and Advertising Markets

Chapter 4        Media Economics and Public Policy

Chapter 5        Economics and Management of Newspaper Publishing

Chapter 6        Economics and Management of Television Broadcasting 

Chapter 7        Economics and Management of the Film Industry

Chapter 8        Economics and Management of Digital Media 

Chapter 9        Media as Creative Industries

Chapter 10      Copyrights and Media Business



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Sathya Prakash Elavarthi is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad, India. He teaches media management, documentary theory and film theory & criticism. His research interests include political economy of media, media histories, film studies and digital cultures. His recent works include book chapters in Handbooks in Communication Science: Management and Economics of Communication (2020), and Indian Media Economy Vol. II – Market Dynamics & Social Transactions (2017).

Sunitha Chitrapu is an independent researcher based in Mumbai, India. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. She was formerly Head of the Social Communications Media Department, Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, where she is currently visiting faculty for Communications Research, Media and Society. Her research interests include the political economy of media, media trade and modernities. Her work has been published in Culture Unbound, Journal of Creative Communications, Social Movement Studies Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, Handbooks in Communication Science: Management and Economics of Communication (2020), and in Indian Media Economy Vol. II – Market Dynamics & Social Transactions (2017).


“A well-written, accessible text suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The authors build a solid foundation in the economics of media as it has mainly been developed in western countries, and apply it with excellent effect to understand Indian television, newspapers, film and other media.” 

David Waterman, Professor Emeritus of The Media School, Indiana University


“The academic study of the media and its management in India has not kept pace with the transformation of the media industry, which has grown exponentially in the past two decades. Elavarthi and Chitrapu’s timely book fills an existing gap in scholarship in this field and would be extremely useful for students and researchers.”

Daya K Thussu, Professor of International Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University


"The authors have written a must-read primer for anyone considering a career in media economics and management. It is a valuable resource for all students, teachers, scholars, and practitioners in the media industries."

Sundeep R. Muppidi, Professor of Communication, University of Hartford


“Two excellent scholars have provided a highly readable and comprehensive introduction to an important field of study. This book will be a superb guide for students and scholars interested in understanding the economic forces and factors that shape the workings of media industries and institutions.”

Aswin Punathambekar, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia