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Chile - Mapping Digital Media

Chile - Mapping Digital Media

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Digital media have proliferated in Chile over the last five years. They have given impetus to a culture of openness and transparency that has been in development since the country’s return to democracy in 1990. However, digitization of terrestrial broadcasting is yet to get off the ground, in spite of television’s endurance as the dominant medium for news and information. Significant obstacles also remain in respect of pluralism and diversity, including ownership concentration and a persistent digital divide, neither of which have been helped by the global economic downturn.

Overall, digitization has only partly impacted on the media landscape in Chile. It has neither altered the neoliberal trajectory of media policy, nor reduced high levels of ownership concentration and incumbent advantages. But there is, at the very least, a framework in place that will potentially open doors to new entrants in the digital terrestrial arena, as well as sustain the public service, local and community sectors. This will provide an important antidote to the digital divide which is likely to persist in terms of access quality, even after universal service is achieved. Whether this potential will be realized is, however, uncertain.

Digital media have proliferated in Chile over the last five years. They have given impetus to a culture of openness and transparency that has been in development since the country’s return to democracy in 1990. However, digitization of terrestrial broadcasting is yet to get off the ground, in spite of television’s endurance as the dominant medium for news and information. Significant obstacles also remain in respect of pluralism and diversity, including ownership concentration and a persistent digital divide, neither of which have been helped by the global economic downturn.

Overall, digitization has only partly impacted on the media landscape in Chile. It has neither altered the neoliberal trajectory of media policy, nor reduced high levels of ownership concentration and incumbent advantages. But there is, at the very least, a framework in place that will potentially open doors to new entrants in the digital terrestrial arena, as well as sustain the public service, local and community sectors. This will provide an important antidote to the digital divide which is likely to persist in terms of access quality, even after universal service is achieved. Whether this potential will be realized is, however, uncertain.

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CHILE
COUNTRY REPORT 
MAPPING DIGITAL MEDIA:
 
Mapping Digital Media:Chile
A REPORT BY THE OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS
WRITTEN BY
Sergio Godoy (lead reporter)Maria Elena Gronemeyer (reporter)
EDITED BY
Marius Dragomir and Mark Thompson (Open Society Media Program editors)Fernando Bermejo (regional editor)
EDITORIAL COMMISSION
Yuen-Ying Chan, Christian S. Nissen, Dusˇan Reljic´, Russell Southwood,Michael Starks, Damian TambiniThe Editorial Commission is an advisory body. Its members are not responsiblefor the information or assessments contained in the Mapping Digital Media texts
OPEN SOCIETY MEDIA PROGRAM TEAM
Meijinder Kaur, program assistant; Morris Lipson, senior legal advisor;and Gordana Jankovic, director
OPEN SOCIETY INFORMATION PROGRAM TEAM
Vera Franz, senior program manager; Darius Cuplinskas, director
23 October 2012
 
MAPPING DIGITAL MEDIA CHILE2
Contents
Mapping Digital Media ..................................................................................................................... 4Executive Summary ........................................................................................................................... 6Context ............................................................................................................................................. 11Social Indicators ................................................................................................................................ 13Economic Indicators ......................................................................................................................... 151. Media Consumption: Te Digital Factor ................................................................................... 161.1 Digital ake-up ................................................................................................................. 161.2 Media Preferences ............................................................................................................. 191.3 News Providers ................................................................................................................. 211.4 Assessments ...................................................................................................................... 302. Digital Media and Public or State-administered Broadcasters .................................................... 312.1 Public Service and State Institutions ................................................................................. 312.2 Public Service Provision .................................................................................................... 402.3 Assessments ...................................................................................................................... 453. Digital Media and Society ......................................................................................................... 473.1 User-Generated Content (UGC) ...................................................................................... 473.2 Digital Activism ................................................................................................................ 523.3 Assessments ...................................................................................................................... 56

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