From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthe mediathe mediaall the organizations, such as television, radio, and newspapers, that provide news and information for the public, or the people who do this work The scandal was widely reported in the national media. The role of the news media in forming public opinion is very important. The 11-day trial generated intense media interest. A great deal of media hype surrounded the release of the group’s latest CD. There will be another war somewhere else and the whole international media circus will move on.The media can be followed by a singular or a plural verb: The media is controlled by the government.The media are controlled by the government. → media
Examples from the Corpusmedia circus• November's by-election was to a large extent a media circus.• He said it would turn the inquiry into a media circus.• A media circus of expected proportions ensues.• Predictably, the international media circus, with its Olympian disdain for the parochial, has long since moved on.• Both players have spent the week in the Valley, working a couple of the central rings in the media circus.