Profitability of TV news in the U.S. 2000-2019

This statistic shows the profitability of television news in the United States from 2000 to 2018, with a forecast thereof for 2018. According to the most recently available data, in 2018, 59.3 percent of surveyed non-satellite TV stations reported that they were showing profit, with just 4.9 percent showing loss. A struggle was evident in the years 2005 and 2010, where fewer stations were reporting profit and a higher percentage admitting that they were showing loss or breaking even, however notable improvements can be seen in the 2015 data.

Profitability of television news stations in the United States from 2000 to 2019

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Release date

May 2019


United States

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Number of respondents

see supplementary notes

Supplementary notes

The survey was conducted among all 1,685 operating, non-satellite television stations and a random sample of 3,481 radio stations. Valid responses came from 1,310 television stations (77.7%) and 645 radio news directors and general managers representing 1,938 radio stations. Some data sets (e.g. the number of TV stations originating local news, getting it from others and women TV news directors) are based on a complete census and are not projected from a smaller sample.

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