Fact TankFebruary 14, 2014

Chart of the Week: A long history of cable consolidation

The proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger comes after decades of cable-industry consolidation.

Media & NewsFebruary 10, 2014

The Sochi effect on NBC and the morning news wars

How many Americans will go to sleep with the Olympics and wake up with Today – and will it will be enough to reverse ABC’s morning momentum?

ReligionFebruary 3, 2014

Coke, “America the Beautiful,” and the language of diversity

Coca-Cola’s “It’s Beautiful” ad, that aired during Sunday night’s Super Bowl, sought to portray ethnic diversity in the U.S. by featuring “America the Beautiful” sung in several languages. But not everyone was happy with Coke’s celebration of diversity in the country.

Media & NewsJanuary 28, 2014

Local TV audiences bounce back

Bucking a long-range trend of declining viewership, the audience for local TV news grew in all three major time slots in 2013.

Media & NewsJanuary 14, 2014

5 facts about Fox News

Roger Ailes’ 17-year-old Fox News Channel has changed the face of cable news.

Media & NewsDecember 9, 2013

Like rest of the news industry, campus papers reach for new strategies

Many of the nation’s estimated 1,600 college newspapers are now experimenting with editorial and business innovations in the face of some of the same economic hardships that have hit the rest of the newspaper industry.

Media & NewsNovember 25, 2013

Local TV stations post mixed results as some feel loss of political ads

The rush to acquire local television stations produced revenue growth for some media companies in the year’s third quarter, while others suffered losses tied to a plunge in political ad dollars.

Media & NewsNovember 22, 2013

50 years ago, America turned on the television

TV audience and survey data from the days immediately following JFK’s assassination show that Americans collectively tuned in to non-stop coverage that pioneered a new form of wall-to-wall television news delivery.

Media & NewsNovember 20, 2013

Obamacare v. Philippines typhoon: How cable covered two big stories

In a week dominated by two mega-stories—the continuing travails of Obamacare and the devastating typhoon in the Philippines—America’s hypercompetitive cable news outlets exercised very different news judgments.

Media & NewsNovember 4, 2013

8% of U.S. Adults Get News Through Twitter

Compared with the 30% of Americans who get news on Facebook, Twitter news consumers stand out as younger, more mobile and more highly educated. 85% of Twitter news consumers get news at least sometimes on mobile.