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Welcome to Media Trends 2015: Power and Media: Ownership, Sponsorship, Censorship
A conference hosted by Webster Vienna Private University 10-12 September, 2015

We have lined up a diverse group of academics, media professionals, IGO and NGO representatives and students to critically analyze:

  • All aspects of overt and covert control of communication
  • Concentration of ownership
  • Advertiser, commercial, financial and political influences
  • Agenda-setting, framing, technological and organizational constraints
  • Media empowerment

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We look forward to seeing you in Vienna!

The Media Trends 2015 Organizing Committee

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Thursday, September 10 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Oxford-Style Debate

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Debate motion: Public ownership of the media must be expanded in order to counter state, private and/or corporate interference.

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Bradley Wiggins

Department Head, Media Communications, Webster Vienna Private University
Bradley Wiggins earned his Ph.D. in Communications Media & Instructional Technology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. in German Language & Literature with TESOL Certification from the University of Pittsburgh. Before being hired this year as head of Webster Vienna's communication department, Wiggins was assistant professor and department head of communication at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, in the USA... Read More →

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Brooke Gladstone

Moderator, WNYC
Host of the renowned On the Media, on WNYC. Since it was re-launched in 2001, On the Media has been one of NPR's fastest growing programs, heard on more than 500 public radio stations. It has won Edward R. Murrow Awards for feature reporting and investigative reporting, the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism and a Peabody Award for its body of work. Among Gladstone’s other accomplishments, she was an NPR... Read More →
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Andreas Rudas

Executive Vice President, RTL Group
Andreas Rudas, born in 1953, worked with the Austrian public broadcaster ORF from 1986 to 1997, being its Secretary General from 1994 to 1997. In this role he was responsible for business planning, media politics, marketing and satellite broadcasting. Starting in 2000, he held various positions at Magna International Europe, being Member of the Management Board from 2001 to 2005. Since December 2005, Andreas Rudas was Executive Director of WAZ... Read More →
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Katharine Sarikakis

Professor, University of Vienna
Professor Dr. Katharine Sarikakis researches the political processes and economic dimensions of media and communications governance, nationally and globally. She is currently working on a book, Communication and Control, which is under contract by Palgrave Macmillan. In it she explores issues of control over citizenship through commercial and political surveillance and communication and cultural policies of copyright, labor and ownership... Read More →
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Alexander Wrabetz

General Director, Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
After completing his law studies and obtaining his doctorate in law in 1983, Wrabetz worked at the Erste Bank, the Österreichische Industrieverwaltungs-AG (ÖIAG), and Voest Alpine Intertrading GmbH. In 1995, he was appointed member of the ORF Board of Trustees, the predecessor of the current ORF Foundation Board. From 1998 to 2001, he was Commercial Director of the ORF. In 2005, due to the outsourcing of the ORF broadcasting... Read More →

Thursday September 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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