PEJ examines how the Lynch saga grew and changed in the media over time.
Thank you. It is an honor, and pleasure, to be here for the Ruhl Symposium. It was also, I have to add, moving to be here for the Payne Awards. Hearing the stories of the winners, of the hardships these journalists had to overcome, including death threats, legal pressure and government coercion, …
Network Affiliation and Presentation of Controversial Viewpoints
A five year study of local TV newscasts found no difference in the likelihood of network owned and operated stations versus others in airing controversial topics.
Cross-Ownership and Ratings Performance
Local TV stations that were owned by the same company as a newspaper or radio station in town were more likely than other stations to have declining ratings trends of TV stations studied between 1998 and 2002.
Local Ownership and Local Coverage
The study found no pattern correlating the level of local topics in local TV news stories and local ownership.
Does Ownership Matter in Local Television News?
The study examines the tendencies of different local television news ownership structures.
Public vs. Private Ownership by Quality Grade
Local TV stations owned by publicly traded companies were somewhat less likely than privately owned stations to earn “A” and “B” grades in PEJ’s five year study of local TV news.
Size of Corporate Owner and Late-Night Local News Quality
Unlike in early evening news, stations owned by larger ownership groups were less likely to earn “A” and “B” grades in late newscasts in PEJ’s five year study of local TV news.
Size of Corporate Owner and Early-Evening Local News Quality
Stations owned by the ten biggest TV station owner groups were more likely to earn higher quality grades in their early evening newscasts in PEJ’s five-year study of local TV news.
Size of Corporate Owner and Quality Grade, All Stations
Stations owned by the larger ownership groups were less likely to earn “A” and “B” grades than others in PEJ’s five year study of local TV news.