Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2014

5 facts about Fox News

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

Fact Tank Nov. 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.

Fact Tank Nov. 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.

Fact Tank Nov. 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.

Fact Tank Oct. 28, 2013

5 demographic realities behind the creation of Univision/ABC News’ “Fusion” channel

Fusion’s launch reflects several demographic trends among the nation’s 53 million Hispanics, which make up 17% of all Americans.

Media & News Oct. 11, 2013

More Watch Broadcast News, But Cable TV Viewers More Engaged

While the largest audiences tune into local and network broadcast news, it is the 24/7 national cable news channels that command the most attention from their viewers, who watch an average of 25 minutes a day.

Fact Tank Aug. 26, 2013

Another casualty of war in Syria—citizen journalists

Professional journalists have long faced the risks of working in harm’s way, but now conflicts like the one in Syria are claiming the lives of a new part of the media — citizen journalists.

Fact Tank Aug. 23, 2013

Ways to connect digital devices increase — for those who have more than one

Many companies are competing to provide consumers with ways to stream content among all their digital devices, but there’s still a segment of Americans who own only one device — a cell-phone.

Fact Tank Aug. 21, 2013

Time Warner vs. CBS: The high stakes of their fight over fees

The weeks-long battle between Time Warner Cable and CBS that is keeping the network’s programming from being shown in major markets comes down to the all-important question of retransmission fees.

Fact Tank Aug. 20, 2013

NBC makes a bet on getting user-generated content from citizen videographers

NBC News purchased a digital start-up company that allows anyone with a smartphone to stream live video to the network from the scene of breaking news, a move that could lead to increased use of user-generated content.