According to a recent survey by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the percentage of minorities in TV and radio us up.
The survey, 2012 TV and Radio News Staffing and Profitability Survey was a joint product between the RTDNA and Hofstra University.
According to Part VII: Percentage of Minorities Up for TV, Radio; Percentage of Women Stays the Same for TV, Up Noticeably for Radio of the survey, the percentage of minorities is up a full percent in television from a year ago – and even more in radio. The percentage of minority news directors also went up in both television and radio. And the percentage of minority news directors at non-Hispanic TV stations set a new high mark—for the second year in a row.
In television news it increased to 21.5 percent. As for radio, minority hiring increased more than four percent to a total of 11.7 percent.
However, the bigger picture remains unchanged. In the last 22 years, the minority population in the U.S. has risen 10.4 percent, but the minority workforce in TV news is up 3.7 percent, while the minority workforce in radio is up 0.9 percent.
Stations in the West and South were the most diverse and stations in the Northeast and Midwest had minority percentages around half the South and West.
When broken down, Fox affiliates had 28.2 percent of minority employees, a higher percentage of minorities than the others. NBC affiliates, had 17.4 percent and continue to trail ABC and CBS stations, which was the same as last year.