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RTNDA Says News Salaries Slipped

WASHNIGTON: The Radio and Television News Directors Association said salaries for news personnel in TV and radio broadcasting fell for the first time in 15 years during 2008. The RTNDA conducts its annual salary survey in conjunction with Hofstra University.

“Staff cutbacks and salary give-backs--especially at the upper end of the food chain--meant a drop in salaries in both radio and television news,” the RTNDA noted. “That’s the first time that’s happened in the 15 years of the RTNDA/Hofstra University Annual Survey.”

RTNDA said TV news salaries fell 4.4 percent in 2008, and radio news salaries slid by 1.8 percent. Factoring in inflation at 3.8 percent, and real wages fell by 8.2 percent in TV news
and 5.6 percent in radio news.