What is media? Definition and meaning
the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, magazines, and the internet, that reach or influence people widely:
The World's Top Media Companies

The World's 10 Top Media Companies


1. Netflix (NFLX): $234 Billion 

Founded in 1997, the company has transferred itself from a DVD-by-mail business into a streaming giant. The company had 167 million subscribers as of the end of 2019.

2. Walt Disney (DIS): $220 Billion

founded in 1923 and headquartered in Burbank, Calif., is a large media and entertainment group with multiple subsidiaries and an international presence.

3. Comcast Corp (CMCSA): $209 Billion

founded in 1963 with headquarters in Philadelphia, Pa., Comcast is one of the largest global media, entertainment, and communications companies with a $210 billion market cap and generating over $105 revenues over the TTM. Its business is run through six segments:

  • Cable communications: video, high-speed Internet, and voice services
  • Cable networks: national, regional, sports, news, international cable television networks
  • Broadcast television: Telemundo and NBC
  • Sky: European video, high-speed internet, voice, and wireless phone
  • Filmed entertainment
  • Theme parks

4. AT&T (ATT): $203 Billion

October 5, 1983, Delaware, United States

in 2018, AT&T gained added the likes of Turner Broadcasting and HBO to its media offerings, as well as TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, and associated websites like CNN.com. It also added motion pictures, TV shows, and video games under the Warner Bros. brand.

In 2015, it acquired DirecTV and added to its U.S. and Latin American media operations. DirecTV is a digital TV entertainment service provider via a satellite network.

5. Charter Communications (CHTR): $130 Billion

Charter Communications acquired Time Warner Cable in 2015 for $87.4 billion, giving it a significant media presence. Time Warner Cable Inc. included a wide portfolio of products and services. It added provides video, high-speed data, and voice services in the U.S. to Charter Communications' operations. The company operates under the Spectrum name, boasting 26 million customers.

6. Sony (SNE): $95 Billion

Sony is primarily known as an electronics and music giant, but it also has other media properties. Its key segments include game and network services, music, pictures, and electronics products and solutions. As of the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, Sony generated $8.26 billion in revenue. The pictures segment includes its motion pictures, television productions, and media networks.

7.Facebook – $92.9 billion.

there are around 2.6 billion monthly active users on the world’s most popular social networking site, which was launched thanks to the creativity and imagination of Mark Zuckerberg.
• Mark, 36, created Facebook in 2004, when he was only 20 years old. He was exceptionally talented, as most 20-year-olds aren’t well on the way to becoming a billionaire. He’s currently ranked the fourth richest person in the world and is the only person aged under 40 in Forbes’ list of the 20 richest people on the planet.

8.Thomson Reuters Corporation (TRI): $40 Billion

Thomson Reuters, the Canada-based media company, has five segments: legal professionals, corporates, tax and accounting professionals, Reuters news, and global print. The Reuters news business offers financial news via media organizations. Thomson Reuters competes with the likes of Bloomberg L.P.

8. ViacomCBS (VIAC): $17.5 Billion

Viacom and CBS merged to form ViacomCBS in December 2019. Viacom was established in 2005 in New York and provides entertainment content for a global audience through digital (online and mobile), film, and television. Popular brands include Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Comedy Central, and Spike TV.

ViacomCBS now also operates gaming businesses through websites like AddictingGames.com and Shockwave.com. Its filmed entertainment business includes brand names like Paramount Pictures, MTV Films, Nickelodeon, etc.

The CBS assets operate across radio, print, and television, as well as advertising services, including the ownership and management of ad spaces like billboards, transit paths, benches, trains, and buses.

9. Fox Corporation (FOX): $15.4 Billion

Fox was previously a powerhouse in the media business. Its $15.4 billion market cap is now a fraction of what it used to be. In 2017, it sold its entertainment business to Disney for $71 billion. This included its 20th Century Fox television and film studios, as well as a 30% stake in Hulu and U.S. cable channels, such as FX.

Now Fox Corporation operates as a slimmed-down media company, which includes the Fox News Channel, Fox Business, Big Ten Networks, and Fox Broadcasting Company, as well as other select assets.

10. Google – $64.4 billion.

• Larry Page amassed his personal wealth from his successful search engine Google, but has created, owned and managed numerous social networking sites.
• As the CEO of Google, Page had high expectations of Google+ and the platform was expected to outperform Facebook, but it didn’t do as well as anticipated. Some people have even classed Google+ as a failure!
• Despite Google+ under-performing, Page is still worth an estimated $64.4 billion, so if that’s a measure of failure, everyone would like to try it!
• Page is now 47 years old and married with a child. In July 2020, he was named the 13th-richest person in the world by Forbes. He also part-owns YouTube.