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RTDNA / Hofstra Survey Finds Mixed News for Women & Minorities in TV, Radio News

August 26, 2011 Comments off

RTDNA / Hofstra Survey Finds Mixed News for Women & Minorities in TV, Radio News (PDF)
Source: Radio Television Digital News Association

The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey finds that the percentage of minorities rose in both television and radio. The percentage of minority news directors in television hit its third highest level ever and is the highest ever at non-Hispanic stations. On the flip side, most of the gains were small, and the percentage of minorities in TV news remained at the low end of the narrow band within which the percentages have floated for the last decade.

There was no good news for women in radio and television news. Women in TV news and women TV news directors stayed largely the same — each had a slight dip — and women in radio news and women radio news directors both fell noticeably.

As far as minorities are concerned, the bigger picture remains unchanged. In the last 21 years, the minority population in the U.S. has risen 9.5 percent; but the minority workforce in TV news is up 2.7 percent, and the minority workforce in radio is actually down from what it was two decades ago. Still, TV news diversity remains far ahead of newspaper.

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