Black, Asian Broadcast Ownership Dips
“Bill O’Reilly can breathe a little easier.
“Last week while speaking about the reelection of President Obama, the Fox News commentator said, ‘The white establishment is now the minority,’ ” Joe Flint wrote Wednesday for the Los Angeles Times.
“The Federal Communications Commission just released its report on the ownership of commercial broadcast stations which reveals that as of 2011, whites own 69.4% of the nation’s 1,348 television stations. That’s up from 63.4% in 2009, when there were 1,187 stations.
“While white ownership increased, most minority ownership decreased. Blacks went from owning 1% of all commercial TV stations in 2009 to just 0.7% in 2011. Asian ownership slipped from 0.8% in 2009 to 0.5% last year. Latino ownership increased slightly from 2.5% to 2.9%.
“Females owned 6.8% of all commercial TV stations in 2011, compared to 5.6% in 2009.
“It is a similar story in radio. Whites own almost 80% of all AM and FM radio stations, with more than 70% being owned by men.”
Translating the percentages into numbers, John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable wrote that people of color “owned only 30 full-power TV stations in 2009 and that number was the same in 2011.