Fact Tank Dec. 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.

Fact Tank Oct. 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 Tank Oct. 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 Tank Jun. 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.

Fact Tank May. 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 Tank May. 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 Tank May. 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.

Fact Tank Feb. 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 Tank Feb. 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.

Fact Tank Feb. 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?