Study: PBS Is Very White and Very Male

Study suggests that PBS news shows fall short of the network's promise of diversity.


PBS pledges to show America "in all its diversity," so imagine FAIR's surprise when the organization's three-month study of two of the station's news shows, Need to Know and PBS NewsHour, proved that the shows' guests were overwhelmingly white and male. On NewsHour, women and people of color appear more often as random people being interviewed on the street than as expert guests or commentators. This comes as a surprise to ... whom, exactly? Certainly not anyone who has ever turned on PBS. But if PBS is going to pledge diversity, it needs to put its -- pardon, our -- money where its mouth is.


Lauren is a former Deputy Editor of The Root.

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