The latest RTDNA-Hofstra University Annual Survey finds that local television news salaries rose by 4.8% in 2015. That’s more than double last year’s 1.9% increase. And with inflation an extremely low 1.3%, that means that TV news salaries gained three and a half percent in purchasing power last year. A year ago, the spread between inflation and TV salaries was just 0.3.
The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey in 2015 of TV newsrooms found that nearly 60% were profitable and only 12% were struggling — breaking even or losing money, about the same as year before. A quarter of the respondents didn’t know how they were doing. Nearly 50% got increases in their budgets last year, the survey also found. The survey also addressed news sharing and drone usage.
This is the second in a series of reports developed from RTDNA’s annual survey of newsrooms across the United States. Topics in the series include what’s new online, social media and mobile strategies, television and radio budgets and profits, stations doing news, news director profiles, and our most popular areas of research; newsroom salaries, women and minorities in newsrooms, and broadcast newsroom staffing.
The latest RTDNA survey of newsrooms demonstrates a priority for more and better web content, with more than three-quarters of TV news directors and nearly half of radio news directors launching new online initiatives in the past year. Stations are using more video, live streams (of newscasts and breaking news), investigative reporting, and, as expected in an election year, political stories. Some stations are also using separate websites for special projects, web cameras and posting more long-form stories. And stations are slowly growing their use of web-exclusive content and enabling user-generated content to supplement their own.
Total local TV news employment rose by 1.1% in 2014, adding 300 people, according to the latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey. That puts total TV news staffing at 27,600. And that puts the year in third place in overall local TV news employment behind 2012 and 2000. Generally, TV newsrooms keep growing in size, but there aren’t as many of them as in past years. The 2014 growth didn’t completely make up the 400 jobs lost in 2013, but it covers most of them.
The latest RTDNA-Hofstra University Annual Survey finds the minority workforce in TV news slid 0.2 to 22.2%, still the third highest level ever. And the minority workforce at non-Hispanic TV stations rose this year to the third highest level ever as well. In TV, women news directors and women in the workforce both rose to the highest levels ever.
The latest RTDNA-Hofstra University Annual Survey finds that local television news salaries rose by 1.9% in 2014. That’s up by 0.3 from a year ago, and with inflation an extremely low 1.6%, that means that TV news salaries gained slightly in purchasing power last year. The spread of 0.3 this year at least beats the 0.1 difference a year ago.