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Number of Bulgarian Media Increasing, Mostly Online

Society | May 30, 2014, Friday // 10:10| Views: 1418 | Comments: 0
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The number of media in Bulgaria has increased by 58.7% in the period 2008-2012, the National Statistics Institute (NSI) revealed.

The highest increase is noted in the online news websites, which grew by 248.7% for the 4-year period. Meanwhile, there is a drop in the television enterprises, by 24.6%, and in radio, by 3.5%.

Most media outlets in the country are micro-firms, employing no more than 10 people. The TV industry remains the biggest employer among media, despite registering a 12% drop in staff.

According to Biliyana Tomova of the Observatory for Economics and Culture, the market for electronic media has reached a stage of maturity, but would have trouble growing beyond its current scope. She added that multi-platform enterprises are increasingly pushing away conventional media sources.

There is also a significant decrease, 69%, in foreign investment in Bulgaria's media. Part of this can be attributed to already completed deals in the sector.

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