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2012 TV and Radio News Staffing andProfitability Survey
Part II: A Record Amount of TV News…Again
By Bob Papper 
- The amount of TV news sets a new record.- News directors project it'll happen again next year.- TV and radio news directors on what's happening with the news audience.
For the fourth year in a row, the latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey found
that the average television station set a new record for the amount of local newsaired.
Over those last four years, the average amount of weekday news has gone from4:36 to 5:00 to 5:18 last year. This year, it's up another 12 minutes to five and a half hours per weekday. The average network affiliate is even higher at 5:48.
Hours of Local TV News Per Day – 2012
 AverageweekdayMedianweekdayWeekdaymaximum AverageSaturdayMedianSaturdaySaturdaymaximum AverageSundayMedianSundaySundaymaximum All TVnews5.55.042.5 1.8 1.07.0 1.8 1.06.0Big four affiliates5.8 5.042.5 1.9 1.57.0 1.9 1.56.0Other commercial2.9 1.015.0 0.6 0.52.0 0.6 0.52.0Marketsize:1-256.1 5.536.5 2.5 2.07.0 2.5 2.06.026-506.9 5.542.5 2.4 2.05.5 2.3 2.05.051-1006.1 5.037.5 2.0 1.85.5 2.0 1.55.5101-1504.9 4.522.5 1.2 1.06.0 1.2 1.03.0151+3.6 3.55.5 1.01.02.0 0.9 1.02.0Staff size:Staff 51+8.5 6.042.5 3.0 3.07.0 3.0 3.06.0Staff 31-505.7 5.028.8 1.9 1.54.5 1.9 1.54.5Staff 21-304.9 4.522.5 1.2 1.03.0 1.1 1.03.0Staff 11-203.5 3.56.5 0.8 1.02.0 0.8 0.52.0Staff 1-101.0 1.02.0 0.2 01.0 0.1 01.0
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 Affiliation: ABC5.0 5.022.5 1.9 1.55.5 1.9 1.56.0CBS6.8 5.042.5 1.81.55.5 1.7 1.06.0Fox6.5 7.010.5 1.9 1.55.5 2.0 1.55.5NBC5.6 5.030.0 2.0 1.57.0 2.0 1.56.0PBS0.8 0.52.0 0.2 01.0 0.2 01.0
I've added the median (or typical) number this year, but you can see how close theaverage and the median are. What that means is that it's not simply a matter of a fewstations bringing up the average; the typical TV station is running five hours of localnews per weekday. Generally, the bigger the market and the bigger the news staff, themore news a station is likely to run and the more likely that it went up from last year.The weekend went up as well. Saturday and Sunday news time rose an average of 6minutes each. Almost half of all TV stations say they increased the amount of news thatthey run, and few stations cut back.
Amount of News Changes - The Past Year  
IncreaseDecreaseSameNot sure All TV News45.4% 1.5% 52.5% 0.6%Big four affiliates45.8 1.3 52.2 0.7Other commercial48.0 0 52.0 0Market size:1-2556.1 0 43.9 026-5052.2 6.5 41.3 051-10048.5 1.0 50.5 0101-15041.0 1.2 56.6 1.2151+28.0 0 70.0 2.0 A slim majority of stations said they ran the same amount of news in 2011 as in 2010,but more than 45% reported running more news. That increase wasn't uniform acrossthe board. The smallest newsrooms (1-10 staffers) and the smallest markets (151+)were much less likely to say they increased the amount of news. Fox affiliates were themost likely to have added news, followed by CBS stations and other commercialstations. NBC and ABC affiliates lagged well behind the others, and non-commercialstations lagged well behind that. Stations in the West were a lot less likely to increasenews than stations elsewhere.
Changes in Newscasts in the Past Year 
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