08.11.2009 10:19 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
NABJ TV census finds scant diversity among managers in major TV newsrooms
A new report from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) finds a lack of diversity among newsroom managers at the seven of the biggest broadcast companies in the United States.
The NABJ Television Management Diversity Census released Aug. 6 found that 65, or 11.7 percent, of the 548 news managers employed at stations owned by ABC, CBS, FOX, Hearst Argyle, Media General, NBC and Tribune are people of color. The census defines news managers as executive producers, managing editors, assistant news directors, news directors and general managers. .
Last year's study of stations owned by ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC found 61 managers of color at the companies' 61 stations, or 16.6 percent, compared with 15.8 percent this year..
"These results should be a wake-up call to media owners who say they are serious about diversity in management," said NABJ President Barbara Ciara, speaking last week at the opening ceremony of the NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair in Tampa, FL..