March 12, 2007

Local TV Newsroom Staff Levels

All Stations Big Four Affiliates Other Commercial Stations
1998 32 35
1999 30 32.7 18.7
2000 37 38.4 31.2
2001 30.7 33.6 26.2
2002 32.5 34.6 18.9
2003 33.8 35.6 28.6
2004 35 37.3 34.3
2005 36.4 38.1 20

The average number of full time employees working in local TV newsrooms has inched up in recent years, but this growth is essentially among network affiliates. These numbers can also be deceptive, since more newsrooms now serve more than one station.