Many hoped the web would be a democratising force, but international news online consists mainly of bland, recycled stories from a ruling duopoly.
Since the early 20th century, journalists have been making use of "news wire agencies" - organisations set up by the print media to collect and redistribute news from their newspaper members for use by other newspapers at home and abroad. The "wire" tag comes from their early use of telegraph technology to shift breaking news as fast as possible.
By the 1960s, there was concern that international news flow was being facilitated by only five news wire agencies. But by 2000, it was down to just two - the US-based Associated Press (AP) and the UK-based Reuters. Take a glance at the online ...
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