Minorities make up 21.2 percent of local TV news staffs

A survey released July 11 from the Radio-Television News Directors Association also showed that the percentage of minority TV news directors held steady from 2003
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The percentage of minorities working in local television news last year was largely unchanged, according to a survey from the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA).

The 2005 RTNDA/Ball State University Annual Survey released July 11, revealed in 2004, 21.2 percent of local television news staff members were minorities compared with 21.8 percent in 2003.

The percentage of minority TV news directors is 12 percent, compared with 12.5 percent in last year’s survey.

The percentage of women in the television news workforce remained essentially the same, at 39.3 percent in 2004 vs. 39.1 percent in 2003. The percentage of women news directors is down to 21.3 percent in 2004 from 25.2 percent in 2003.

To read the complete survey results, visit: http://www.rtnda.org/research/2005diversity.pdf.

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