Polity's Global Media and Communication Series
Polity Press has just published (2011) three excellent overviews of media systems and policy abroad.
European media : structures, policies and identity / Stylianos Papathanassopoulos and Ralph Negrine.
Indian media : global approaches / Adrian Athique.
Arab media : globalization and emerging media industries / Noha Mellor, Muhammad Ayish, Nabil Dajani, and Khali Rinnawi.
All three books are aimed at both students without prior knowledge of the media landscape of these areas as well as more seasoned readers who want to make sure they have good perspective on the the whole picture. These books are interdisciplinary and combine facts with theoretical insight.
All three titles are available at both Annenberg Reference and Van Pelt.