Television station ownership characteristics and local news and public affairs programming: An expanded analysis of FCC data

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This paper examines the relationship between television station ownership characteristics and local news and public affairs programming through an expanded analysis of data from the Federal Communication's Commission (FCC's) recent study of Big Four broadcast network affiliates. The results indicate that the FCC's conclusion that network-owned and operated stations provide more local news and public affairs programming than other affiliates, and that stations with newspaper holdings provide more local news and public affairs programming than stations without newspaper holdings holds up only when these two program types are analyzed in combination. When these two program types are analyzed independently, and when additional explanatory factors are taken into consideration, these ownership characteristics are positively related to news programming, but not to public affairs programming. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Napoli, PM

Published Date

  • December 1, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 112 - 121

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1463-6697

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1108/14636690410542117

Citation Source

  • Scopus