Blacks Own Just 10 of 1,348 TV Stations

The Los Angeles Times reports that white ownership increased while minority stakes slipped.

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.

But when it comes to who owns the nation’s TV and radio stations, whites — and white males in particular — are still the majority.

“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.