Fact TankDecember 23, 2014

Market is still hot for buying up local TV stations

The rush to acquire local TV stations by media companies’ continued in 2014 and resulted in strong financial pay offs for them.

Media & NewsOctober 31, 2014

Interest in midterms may be low, but local TV awash in political ad spending

Local TV has been receiving the largest portion of political media spending for at least a decade, but the share it consumes and the total dollars reaped continues to grow.

Fact TankOctober 9, 2014

Cutbacks at CNN highlight the cable news paradox

In terms of TV viewership, cable news peaked as a medium around the 2008 presidential election and, while showing impressive potential in digital, the business model is uncertain.

Fact TankJune 5, 2014

On TV, few amateur journalists get credit for their contributions to the news

At a time when ordinary citizens are increasingly functioning as on-scene reporters, nearly three-quarters (72%) of that amateur content that aired on these television outlets was not identified as such.

Media & NewsMay 28, 2014

As the New York Times’ first black executive editor, Dean Baquet is in a distinct minority

The ascension of Dean Baquet—the first African-American to run the paper’s newsroom—has renewed the focus on minority hiring in the news industry.

Fact TankMay 15, 2014

Net neutrality: A made-for-web debate

The complex issue of net neutrality is not likely to be dinner conversation for many in the U.S. Still, the Federal Communications Commission vote expected today could dramatically impact the flow of digital content Americans receive, not to mention the bottom line for many major U.S. technology and content companies. So, where could the public […]

Fact TankMay 12, 2014

The acquisition binge in local TV

Media companies have dramatically expanding their local television holdings in recent years. Five companies own one-third of the about 1,400 local TV stations in the country.

Media & NewsMarch 26, 2014

News Video on the Web

Online video is clearly becoming a part of the news media landscape. News is a part of what people watch online, and, more than ever, the public is a part of creating this news. But advertising and revenue opportunities, while they exist, are complicated.

Fact TankFebruary 27, 2014

Americans increasingly view the internet, cellphones as essential

Americans are growing more attached to modern digital technologies, such as cellphones and the internet, and less attached to traditional hardware, such as landline phones and televisions.

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.