This edited collection examines time and its relationship to and impact upon media industries, studying how the media industry views time and makes business and economic decisions based on considerations of time. Contributions from an international set of authors analyze time constraints and competition between different media; the quantity and quality of time spent in media consumption, audience and readership time valuation/costing/pricing; and the emergence of new media businesses around individual time management.
Specific topics examined in the volume include:
* a philosophical look at the concept of time and its application to media markets;
* temporal aspects of media distribution for the media industries, and how time affects their activities;
* the impact of increasing media industry consolidation and convergence on managerial effectiveness;
* approaches to time by CNN and its various cache of news channels, in a managerial context;
* the application of niche theory as a framework to examine competition between the Internet and television;
* Internet access in the United Kingdom and Europe, examining the cost of time for online access;
* the exchange of time and money in the television market for advertising; and
* a summary of research and an agenda for future research on the topic of time's role in the media industry and markets.
With its origins in the third World Media Economics conference, held in 2000, Time and Media Markets is a distinctive and important collection appropriate for scholars and advanced students in media management and economics.
"For researchers with interests related to time and media questions, the book can be a helpful source and a valuable foundation for developing and expanding study in the area."
—Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
"...Time and Media Markets contains nine studies for our consideration. The result is a book that has the breadth of a good conference and the rigor that comes from review....The strength of the book lies in the ideas rather than the evidence. While narrowly focused, challenging theoretical investigation is sorely needed in media scholarship. Even if one doesn't wish to investigate time, the process of breaking apart a construct and rigorously evaluating it a worth academic exercise."
—The International Journal of Media Management