15 Biggest Broadcasting Companies in the World – Yahoo Finance

In this article, we will discuss 15 biggest broadcasting companies in the world. You can skip our detailed analysis of the broadcasting industry and go directly to 5 Biggest Broadcasting Companies in the World.
The broadcasting industry has seen a paradigm shift in its dynamics after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The days of radio, newspapers, and televisions are now fading away in the past as digital streaming and digital broadcasting networks have experienced a sharp rise in consumption of late, with the likes of platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime on the rise. According to research by Zenith, people spend more time than ever before viewing media, consuming about eight hours of media each day.
Commercial broadcasting in the United States stretches back to the 1920s, when news bulletins, music programs, and live sporting events were first broadcasted into people’s homes. Since then, the industry has continued to grow, and the U.S television industry alone stood at a market value of $210.4 billion in 2021, rising by $12.3 billion from 2020. Comcast Corporation and Fox Corporation remain two of the biggest broadcasting networks in the United States.
However, it is interesting to note that although the sector keeps growing explosively in terms of its market size, the number of people employed in the US broadcasting sector has continued to fall in the past two decades. This is largely due to the rise of digital streaming platforms that require a substantially smaller number of people to operate as compared to radio or television.
Digital platforms provide curated content to users as per their tastes and profiles. The overall experience is interactive and personalized for the user, which is what traditional media often lacks. Some examples of digital broadcasting companies include YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+. The rise in traffic to digital streaming platforms has encouraged digital media companies to invest heavily in producing digital content. In 2020, Netflix invested $17 billion in content creation, up from $15.3 billion in 2019. The revenue for the digital streaming app industry is forecasted to reach $115 billion by 2026, from $72.2 billion in 2021.
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Our Methodology
We have picked the top 15 biggest broadcasting companies in the world and have ranked them from #15 to #1 in order of their market capitalization. In addition to TV, radio and telecommunications companies, we have also included major streaming companies in this list as they are taking the form of mainstream broadcasters as streaming replaces TV in households worldwide.
Market Cap: $1.51 billion
Paramount Group, Inc. (NYSE:PGRE) is a global media and entertainment corporation that develops content for viewers worldwide. The corporation has the industry’s most important and vast libraries of TV and film titles. Its portfolio includes some of the top media networks, such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Colors, VH1, and many more. Paramount Group, Inc. (NYSE:PGRE) also owns Simon & Schuster, VidCon, and Bellator. The company was previously named ViacomCBS Inc. and renamed itself Paramount Global in February 2022.
Paramount Group, Inc. (NYSE:PGRE) revenue for 2021 was reported at $702.7 million, a 1% increase from the previous year’s $695.9 million.
In addition to Paramount Group, Inc. (NYSE:PGRE), Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) are included in our list of 15 biggest broadcasting companies in the world.
Market Cap: $2.87 billion
Altice USA, Inc. (NYSE:ATUS) is a French multinational mass media and telecommunication company. Altice USA, Inc. has spread its operation in four regions – Western Europe, Israel, the United States, and Overseas Territories. The company has become the second-largest telecommunication company in France. Altice USA, Inc. (NYSE:ATUS) has over 50 million TV, phone, and internet corporate and residential customers. In 2017, the company expanded its online advertising business by acquiring Teads.
The company’s revenue for 2021 stood at $10.09 billion, recording an increase of 1.98% from $9.89 billion in 2020.
In its Q2 2022 investor letter, MPE Capital, an asset management firm, highlighted a few stocks and Altice USA, Inc. (NYSE:ATUS) was one of them. Here is what the fund said:
Two (very) costly mistakes I’ve made over the last twelve months have been my investments in Altice USA, Inc. (NYSE:ATUS) and Poshmark. Both are down over 50% from my initial purchase price. I not only poorly appraised business quality, I also incorrectly appraised the intrinsic value of both of these companies. It should rarely end up the case that we pay over intrinsic value, at worst case we should never lose money on an investment. I will dive into one of these mistakes below and maybe dive into the other in a future letter. My thinking when buying Altice USA was that they operate as a duopoly in their main footprint, the New York Tri-State area. They provide a needs-based service: internet, video, and voice services. I figured this is a very stable business with high barriers to entry. Management seemed competent as well based on historical capital allocation decisions. I didn’t fully appreciate at the time how poorly positioned they were relative to Verizon Fios, as well as how fiercely competitive the business can get on promotions and customer acquisition.
Altice offers hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) while Fios offers fiber-to-the-home (FTTH). FTTH is a far superior product, which has led to some share loss to Fios in the parts of their footprint that overlap. There have also been some subscriber losses in their other footprint due to new cable entrants and fixed wireless offerings (…read more)
Market Cap: $3.09 billion
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (NSE:ZEEL.NS) is an Indian company active in the content and broadcasting segments. The company broadcasts general entertainment television channels, such as non-news and current affairs programming. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (NSE:ZEEL.NS)’s operations include satellite television channel and digital media broadcasting, and media content sales, which include programs, film rights, feeds, song rights, and movie creation and distribution. It boasts a collection with over 250,000 hours of television programs and rights to over 4,800 movie titles. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (NSE:ZEEL.NS) has a viewership of over 1.3 billion people in 173 countries.
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (NSE:ZEEL.NS) reported an annual revenue of $1.05 billion in 2021, up 1.94% from $1.03 billion in the previous year.
Market Cap: $7.50 billion
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) was established in 1996 in the United States. The company has two main business subdivisions: Pay-Tv and Wireless. Pay-Tv subdivision offers its services under the DISH and the SLING brand. Pay-Tv has licenses to use Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) and Fixed Satellite Service (FSS), which offer video services to broadcasting networks and offers over-the-top (OTT) content. Wireless offers its customers postpaid and prepaid wireless services. DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) invested approximately $20 billion into its Wireless 5G sector to acquire wireless spectrum licenses, including the 3.45-3.55 GHz band licenses.
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) revenue for 2021 stood at $17.88 billion, a 15.4% YoY increase from $15.49 billion in 2020.
In its Q2 2021 investor letter, ClearBridge Investments, an asset management firm, highlighted a few stocks and DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) was one of them. Here is what the fund said:
Portfolio holdings in the communication services and financial sectors also made strong contributions. DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) continues to make progress on the buildout of its greenfield 5G network, with Las Vegas slated to become the first market launched later this year. The company gained credibility, and its stock reacted favorably, after it announced a partnership with Amazon to deploy a 5G cloud-native network using AWS’s cloud infrastructure. While the stock has been volatile in recent quarters, we continue to feel confident in Dish’s long-term prospects, which include competing as a fourth U.S. wireless carrier. Charter Communications has been executing well and benefiting from the growth in residential broadband, which has been accelerated by COVID-19 and should see further support from the Biden Administration’s infrastructure bill, which earmarks $65 billion for broadband buildout. In addition, we expect the company to continue to grow its wireless business, leveraging its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) relationship with Verizon. The company continues to generate strong and growing free cash flow and deploys it toward consistent and material share buybacks.
Market Cap: €9.24 billion
Vivendi SE (EPA:VIV) is mass media holding company founded in December 1987 and is headquartered in Paris, France. Vivendi SE (EPA:VIV) is the owner of Universal Music, Gameloft, Groupe Canal+, Havas, Editis, Prisma Media, Vivendi Village, and Dailymotion. Vivendi SE (EPA:VIV), through its various subsidiaries, is in the business of selling music, publishing, and distributing free-to-air channels. Moreover, it sells and distributes books, creates and publishes downloadable video games, and has an online video content platform.
Vivendi SE (EPA:VIV) ‘s sales during 2021 were reported at €9.5 billion, up 10.4% from 2020.
Market Cap: $9.40 billion
News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWS) creates and distributes media, news, education, and information services. Its business is divided into the following segments: Book Publishing, Subscription Video Services, News and Information Services, and others. The news and information segment comprises the New York Post, News UK, and News Corp Australia. HarperCollins, which publishes and distributes consumer books in print, digital, and audio formats, is part of the Book Publishing sector. The Digital Real Estate Services division provides real estate advertising and services, as well as financial services. The Subscription Video Services segment provides video sports, entertainment, and news services to pay-TV subscribers and other commercial licensees via cable, satellite, and Internet Protocol distribution, as well as video sports, entertainment, and news services to pay-TV subscribers and other commercial licensees.
News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWS)’s revenue for the fiscal year 2022 was recorded at $10.3 billion, increasing by 10.9% from $9.3 billion in the fiscal year 2021.
L1 Capital is also bullish on News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWS), believing the company’s collection of assets are being mispriced by the market, as revealed in the fund’s Q2 2022 investor letter:
News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWS) (Long -26%) shares fell over the quarter despite reporting third quarter results in line with consensus expectations. The decline was primarily driven by a softening in investor sentiment towards News Corp’s Digital Real Estate assets against a backdrop of rising interest rates in both Australia and the U.S., with REA Group shares down 17% during the quarter. While concerns over property market drivers are likely to continue in the near term, we see both REA Group and Move as being well positioned to structurally improve their businesses through this period. We continue to believe the News Corp assets are materially under-valued and remain supportive of ongoing initiatives to unlock value across the Group.
Market Cap: $9.97 billion
Headquartered in London, England, WPP Plc (NYSE:WPP) is the largest creative transformation company that provides communications, experience, commerce, and technology services. WPP Plc (NYSE:WPP) operates through more than 3,000 offices in 112 countries across North America, the United Kingdom, Western Continental Europe, the Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Most of the company’s revenues come from regions in North America, the U.K., and Western Europe, which make up approximately 70% of the total revenue.
WPP Plc (NYSE:WPP) sales during 2021 were reported at $17.31 billion, rising by 5.46% from $16.41 billion in 2020.
Market Cap: $14.95 billion
Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC) is a global marketing and communications company. Its branded networks and specialized firms serve 5,000 clients in 100 countries with advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, customer relationship management (CRM), public relations, and other specialty communications services.
Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC) reported revenue of $14.2 billion during 2021, an increase of 8.48% from $13.1 billion in 2020.
Market Cap: $14.97 billion
Headquartered in New York, USA, Fox Corporation (NASDAQ:FOX) is a news, sports, and entertainment company. The business is divided into three divisions: Cable Network Programming, Television, and Other. The Cable Network Programming sector creates and licenses news and sports content for distribution primarily in the United States via traditional and digital platforms. FOX News Media, FOX Entertainment, FOX Sports, and FOX Television Stations are among the company’s properties. Under the Tubi and FOX brands, it also purchases, markets, and distributes broadcast network programming and free advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) services across the country.
Fox Corporation (NASDAQ:FOX)’s revenue for the fiscal year 2022 stood at $13.9 billion, recording an increase of 8.25% from $12.9 billion in the fiscal year 2021.
Market Cap: $25.84 billion       
Orange S.A. (NYSE:ORAN) is a telecommunications service provider based in France. The organization offers internet, data transmission, multimedia, security, network, cloud, data security, and major project management services. Orange S.A. (NYSE:ORAN) provides services to residential and corporate customers and other telecommunication operators. It operates across Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and Africa. The group has a total customer base of 266 million customers worldwide.
Orange S.A. (NYSE:ORAN)’s revenue for 2021 stood at $48.3 billion, down 6.2% from $51.6 billion in 2020.
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