March 12, 2007

Local TV News Budgets by Network Affiliation

Increased Decreased Same Do Not Know
All Stations 45.8 11.6 35.3 7.3
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.