2019 Local TV and Radio Newsroom Survey

Local news media is undergoing a paradigm shift as the world – and the news audience – undergoes a digital transformation. But is the broadcast industry adapting fast enough?
The Annual Newsroom Survey is the only comprehensive annual research of radio and television newsrooms, providing unique insight into staffing, salaries, news coverage, business operations – and how local broadcast news is surviving in a digital world.
Local broadcast news is a fiercely competitive business – local TV and radio newsroom managers need to know what their competition is trying and to stay ahead of trends.
These informed insights into the broadcast business are only found here – at RTDNA.
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Local News Salaries

Salary Overview

TV News Salary Report

Radio News Salary Report


Local News Numbers

Local News Highlights

Local News Numbers
TV News Numbers   |   TV News Content  |  TV Collaboration
Radio News Numbers  

The Business of News
‚ÄčLocal News Hiring  |   Web Staffing
TV News Staffing  |  Typical TV News Staff  | TV News MMJs  |  TV News Director Files
TV Budgets & Profitability  |  Website Profitability  
Radio News StaffingRadio Budgets & Profitability  |  Radio Web Profitability  |  Radio News Director Files 

News Innovation
TV News Innovation  | TV on Social Media  |  TV on Mobile  | TV on Digital  |  TV News Drones
Radio News Innovation  |  Radio on Social Media  | Radio Online  | Radio on Mobile  | Radio Technology

Newsroom Diversity

Local radio and TV newsroom diversity report
2018 Reports:
Local News Staffing

The Business of News

Local News Salaries

News Director Files

Digital & Tech

Local News Numbers

Newsroom Diversity

Prior year reports

About the Survey
The RTDNA/Lawrence Herbert School of Communication - Hofstra University Survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2018 among all 1,685 operating, non-satellite television stations and a random sample of 3,481 radio stations.  Valid responses came from 1,310 television stations (77.7%) and 645 radio news directors and general managers representing 1,938 radio stations.  Some data sets (e.g. the number of TV stations originating local news, getting it from others and women TV news directors) are based on a complete census and are not projected from a smaller sample.
About Bob
Bob Papper is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Hofstra University and has worked extensively in radio and TV news.  He has headed the annual Survey for 25 years as of 2019. Our thanks to Bob for his dedication and uncanny ability to hold a quarter-century of local news trends in his head and recount them with ease. This research was supported by the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University and the Radio Television Digital News Association.