HGTV: Most Diverse Network

Latino, Asian and African-American people, as well as gays and lesbians, appear in significantly larger numbers than on other broadcast and cable channels.


Neda Ulaby of NPR is reporting that Home and Garden Television, which features people of color as hosts and homeowners as well as designers and retailers, offers the most diverse images of people on television. The programming includes Latinos, Asians and African Americans, as well as gays and lesbians, in significantly larger numbers than in much of the rest of broadcast and cable television.

The president of HGTV makes clear that the diversity of participants -- not only the homeowners but also the design professionals and other consultants -- is entirely intentional and has resulted in an overall increase in its audience, and an even bigger increase in its minority audiences. Ulaby cautions against dismissing inexpensive and basic cable channels, because viewers just might find what they have always been looking for but cannot consistently find on network television: diverse programming with diverse casts.

Read more at NPR.

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