April 29, 2003

Public vs. Private Ownership by Quality Grade

Grade “A” Grade “B” Grade “C” Grade “D” Grade “F”
Public Owner 15% 31% 31% 18% 5%
Private Owner 19% 35% 24% 13% 9%

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.