RTDNA/Hofstra: Minorities Make Up 24% of TV News Workforce

Share of Hispanic staffers at local stations rises to 10.5% from 8.9%, study finds 7/05/2017 2:01 PM Eastern

Minorities currently make up 24.4% of the local TV news workforce — up more than a full point from a year ago, according to the latest RTDNA/Hofstra University annual survey.

That 24.4% figure is the second-highest level ever in TV news; additionally, the minority workforce at non-Hispanic TV stations, which hit 22.6%, is at its highest level, according to the survey’s report on women and minorities released this week.

The growth came from an increase in Hispanics, whose numbers rose from 8.9% to 10.5%, the study found. African-American staffers slipped slightly from 11.1% to 10.9%. Asian Americans and Native Americans both stayed the same.

The largest representations of minorities are found at large-market TV stations.


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