March 12, 2007

Local TV News Budgets by Market Size

All Stations Markets 1-25 Markets 26-50 Markets 51-100 Markets 101-150 Markets 151+
Increased 45.8 46.2 60 42.9 43.2 38.1
Decreased 11.6 5.1 12 17.1 8.1 14.3
Same 35.3 38.5 18 37.1 44.6 33.3
Do Not Know 7.3 10.3 10 2.9 4.1 14.3

For the latest year available, 2005, more local TV news operations increased their budgets than cut them or held them constant. Yet there were significant differences by market size.