In the latest FCC report, 41 of the nation’s 1,386 full-power commercial TV stations are owned by racial minorities. The study also breaks out details for women, Hispanics, Asians and whites.
Racial minorities owned 41 of the U.S.’s 1,386 full-power commercial TV stations in 2013, up 32% from the 31 they owned in 2011— but only nine of those stations were owned by African Americans during 2013, down 18% from the 11 they owned two years previously, according to a study of station ownership released by the FCC Friday.
The FCC report also found that Asians owned 19 full-power TV stations in 2013, up 73% from the 11 they owned in 2011. Hispanics or Latinos owned 42 full power TV stations in 2013, up 8% from the 39 they owned in 2011, the report said.
Whites owned 1,070 full-power commercial TV stations in 2013, up 14% from the 935 they owned in 2011.
Women, according to the report, owned 87 of the full-power commercial stations in 2013, down 4% from the 91 they owned in 2011.
David Honig, president of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, told TVNewsCheck that the 2013 numbers appeared similar to those from 2011. “This is not surprising since the FCC has refused year after year to rule on almost any of the comprehensive, race-neutral diversity proposals that have been placed before it over the last 10 years,” Honig said.
Added Dennis Wharton, a spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters: “We have not had time to fully digest the report, but NAB believes in having diverse ownership opportunities in broadcasting and a work force that is reflective of American society.
“That’s why we support reinstatement of a minority tax certificate program that would create new opportunities for radio and television station ownership for people of color,” Wharton added. “NAB is also deeply committed to the NAB Education Foundation, which provides leadership and development training for broadcast executives looking to own stations and advance their professional careers.”
The biennial report is based on agency filings from broadcasters, the FCC said.
Read the report, here.