March 12, 2007

Cable News Programming Expenses

CNN Fox MSNBC
1997 140.8 54 83.7
1998 169 64.8 87.9
1999 177.4 77.8 92.3
2000 190.7 138 140
2001 210.5 130 126
2002 222.1 127.4 138.6
2003 272.3 149.1 165.5
2004 299.6 184.4 150.1
2005 329.5 221.3 138.8
2006 (est.) 346 271.1 152.7

CNN historically has devoted more money and resources to gathering the news than its cable news rivals, but Fox News is closing the gap. While estimates indicate a growth for MSNBC, larger changes at NBC may instead see a cutting back in expenses.