April 29, 2003

Size of Corporate Owner and Late-Night Local News Quality

Grade “A” Grade “B” Grade “C” Grade “D” Grade “F”
Top 10 Groups 2% 26% 43% 23% 6%
Groups 11-25 11% 14% 41% 19% 15%
Midsize Groups 11% 33% 28% 17% 11%
Small Groups 33% 33% 17% 17% 0%

Unlike in early evening news, stations owned by larger ownership groups were less likely to earn “A” and “B” grades in late newscasts in PEJ’s five year study of local TV news.