PublicationsApril 29, 2003

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.

PublicationsApril 29, 2003

Local vs. Non-Local Ownership and Quality Grade

Locally owned TV stations were not more likely to produce higher quality newscasts than non-local owners in a PEJ five year examination of local news.

PublicationsApril 29, 2003

Size of Corporate Owner and Enterprise

Stations owned by different sized ownership groups tended to have similar levels of enterprise in the stories on their newscasts in PEJ’s five year study of local TV news. 

PublicationsApril 29, 2003

Size of Corporate Owner and Localism

Local TV news stations owned by ownership groups of different sizes had similar levels of localism in their newscasts in PEJ’s five year study of local TV news.

PublicationsApril 29, 2003

Network Affiliation and Quality Grade, All Stations

Fewer network owned and operated local TV stations earned “A” and “B” grades than other stations in PEJ’s five year study of local TV news. But none of the network owned stations earned the lowest “F” grades.   

PublicationsApril 29, 2003

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.

PublicationsApril 29, 2003

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.

PublicationsApril 29, 2003

Local Ownership and Local Coverage

The study found no pattern correlating the level of local topics in local TV news stories and local ownership.

PublicationsApril 29, 2003

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. 

PublicationsApril 29, 2003

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.