April 29, 2003

Size of Corporate Owner and Early-Evening Local News Quality

Grade “A” Grade “B” Grade “C” Grade “D” Grade “F”
Top 10 Groups 39% 44% 11% 6% 0%
Groups 11-25 15% 55% 15% 10% 5%
Midsize Groups 26% 37% 21% 16% 0%
Small Groups 27% 37% 18% 9% 9%

Stations owned by the ten biggest TV station owner groups were more likely to earn higher quality grades in their early evening newscasts in PEJ’s five-year study of local TV news.