Google is Largest Media Owner

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By Chris O'Shea Comment

Google — with media revenues of $37.9 billion — is the world’s largest media owner, according to ZenithOptimedia’s “Top 30 Global Media Owners Report.” DirecTV Group, the runner-up, wasn’t even close. It only had revenues of $27.2 billion. Pathetic. News Corporation came in at third, with $26.4 billion.

The big loser from the report — which crunches data from the 2011 financial year — was Time Warner. When the study was first conducted in 2007, Time Warner was the top dog. Now the company finds itself in sixth place, with $15.6 billion in revenues.

Here’s the top 10:

1) Google – $37.9 billion

2) The DirecTV Group – $27.2

3) News Corporation – $26.4

4) Walt Disney Company – $19.7

5) Comcast – $16.2

6) Time Warner – $15.6

7) Bertelsmann – $11.3

8) Cox Enterprises – $11.1

9) CBS Corp. – $10.8

10) BSkyB – $10.2