I have a country where all independent media is banned, and every TV channel, radio & newspaper must receive license from one of the parties in the Parliament. The party has the right to revoke the license anytime.If the party fails to earn 10% then it doesn't get any seats and their licenses are gone. Time setting is before the internet.
Socialist state medias is not comparable since there's only one party, in my country there are many parties. If Lefty government ethanol taxes are reason for rising food prices, Lefty News might ignore that news, but Central News or Righty News might put it on the front page if they find out. If Lefty news doesn't report mischiefs everybody will watch opposition channels, which would make Lefty news useless to government and it might revoke it's license. If it does report it, government won't be happy. It feels like a lose lose situation.
Would media do their duty and risk losing license, or it'll be just mouthpiece for parties and risk losing audience?