Economic analysis of the media representative's bundling strategy and program quality: The Korean experience

Weonseek Kim, Sang Woo Lee

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In the context of Korea's unique monopolistic television advertising market, this paper compares separate selling, where a media representative sells each TV broadcaster's advertising time separately, with pure bundling, where advertising slots are bundled and sold as a package. We analyze the media representative's choice of separate selling and pure bundling of ad slots, and how that choice affects a broadcaster's choice of program quality. We show that pure bundling of advertising times by a media representative impairs a major broadcaster's choice of program quality as compared to separate selling. Furthermore, it can deteriorate the overall quality of TV programs, and thus contravening the government's interest in diverse public service broadcasting. This paper provides policy implications for the sales mechanism for television advertising in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-431
Number of pages10
JournalTelematics and Informatics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Law

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