Diversity in action!!
According to a new RTNDA/Hofstra survey, women make up 41 percent of the TV news workforce, a record high, but the number of minorities in TV and radio has dropped from last year.
In the past 19 years, the minority population in the U.S. has risen 8 percent but the number of minorities in TV news is up just 4 percent and the minority radio workforce is down.
Most of the drop came from reductions at Hispanic stations (minority radio stations including Spanish-language ones recently urged Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for a bailout) which are, they say, disproportionately affected by the economic downturn.
The number of Hispanic employees at Hispanic stations actually dropped 10 percent this year, to 72% total.
The number of women TV news directors rose to an all-time high of 29.1 percent nationally. They make up 41.4 percent of the entire TV news workforce, an all-time high.