Local TV News Budgets by Network Affiliation
|Increased||Decreased||Same||Do Not Know|
|Big Four Affiliates||47.6||11.4||34.6||6.5|
|Other Commercial Stations||37.5||25||12.5||25|
For the latest year available, 2005, stations increasing their news budgets were more likely to be affiliated with one of the big four networks – ABC, CBC, NBC or Fox. The numbers suggest that network affiliation is a major factor in whether a station may succeed in local news.