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RTDNA Study Shows ‘Near-Record’ Year for Local News [Hold Local TV/Radio Accountable!]
Media Bistro ^ | 6/17/13 | Merrill Knox

Posted on 06/18/2013 11:34:26 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

It was a “near-record” year for local news, according to the latest RTDNA/Hofstra University study. Despite a six minute drop in the average amount of news produced on weekdays in 2012, Saturday and Sunday news time rose by an average of 12 and 6 minutes, respectively, leading to a small overall increase in the amount of news produced.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: local; news; radio; tv
I have said for a long time that while the NETWORK news departments will ignore calls about their bias, it is MUCH easier to get through to the local news departments, and inform them that they are going to be held accountable for not telling the whole story on the political front.

Of course, knowing who to speak to is important--do not just call up and speak to whoever answers the phone. Get the name of someone in charge: a general manager or a news director, as this article indicates THEY are the ones making decisions about what is acceptable fare for their station.

Also know who the sponsors are...just in case....

But the approach to take is not to threaten immediately. Instead, express concern about the "balance" in the news. Give specific examples of how stories were biased toward the left. If you are told "there wasn't time" to give the other side, push back politely but firmly.

Local tv and radio stations that do news have to serve the community--and ought to be able to listen to every listener/viewer's concern. But if we are rude and obtrusive, we will not be heard.

As this article points out, "local" news is being added to stations everywhere...so FREEPers, let's make ourselves be known! :)

1 posted on 06/18/2013 11:34:26 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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