Apple boss tops MediaGuardian tree

Steve Jobs, chairman of Apple and the man who brought the world the iPhone, has topped MediaGuardian’s list of 100 most powerful players in the media world.

His ascension to the top knocks Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page down a place from their 2009 perch at number one.

Jobs’s influence has been spurred by the launch of the iPhone and iPad which has changed the landscape of how media is consumed, catalysing consumer’s demand for content on the go.

The top 10 suggests a shift in the balance of media power, with six entrants plying their trade in digital media, including the founders of Twitter and Facebook.

Meanwhile Jeremy Hunt, the Conservative culture secretary muscles his way into the top flight in ninth, proof of the influence he wields over the likes of the BBC.

This year’s biggest faller was Dawn Airey, chairman of Channel 5, which will only exacerbate the pain felt by the TV channel as it fights to stay relevant in the digital age.

The Guardian’s measure of the most influential media moguls was compiled by a panel of experienced media watchers from journalism, politics, advertising and the internet. (Source: MediaGuardian)

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