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RTDNA Study: Local News Salaries Fell in 2012

The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University annual survey found that local television news salaries fell 1.9% in 2012.

In a study of newsroom roles, nine average salaries went up, four went down and one stayed the same. The increases in average salaries were “almost all extremely small.” By comparison, 11 median salaries went down, four went up and four stayed the same. The biggest salary jumps proportionally were for news writers and news assistants; only managing editors rose in both average and median salaries.

The RTDNA study found that salaries in the smallest markets were stagnant, while salaries in the top 25 markets and markets 101-150 went up. Markets 26-100 stayed the same.

See the full breakdown by position and by market size here.

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RTDNA Study Shows ‘Near-Record’ Year for Local News

It was a “near-record” year for local news, according to the latest RTDNA/Hofstra University study. Despite a six minute drop in the average amount of news produced on weekdays in 2012, Saturday and Sunday news time rose by an average of 12 and 6 minutes, respectively, leading to a small overall increase in the amount of news produced.

The study found almost 37% of news directors reported added a newscast in 2012, with the new broadcasts mostly being added on weekends. Every hour from 4 a.m. to midnight saw at least some new newscasts, the study shows. Only 6% of news directors reported cutting a newscast.

Read the full results here.

Study: Local TV Pay Doesn’t Keep Pace with Inflation

A new study by the Radio Television Digital News Association and Hoftsra University found salaries at local television stations have been losing ground to inflation for the last ten years.

The study tracked salaries at local TV stations over a five and ten year period.  In the period between 2007 and 2012, while inflation rose by 12 percent, local TV pay rose by only 10.5 percent.  The pay gap widened over a ten year period with inflation rising by 28 percent while salaries rose by just 21.6 percent.

Between 2002 and 2012, the study showed only news directors (+35.9%), weathercasters ( (+37%), sports anchors (+28.6%), and assignment editors (+28.3%) beat the rise of inflation.  The biggest loser over the ten year period were web and mobile writers (+13.3%).  News assistants saw the largest drop (-3.1%) in pay between 2007 and 2012 compared to an inflation rate of 12 percent.

Click here to view the .pdf of the report.

[Variety]

A Record Amount of TV News Last Year, Annual RTDNA Study Finds

The amount of news airing on local stations has risen for the fourth year in a row, according to Part II of the annual RTDNA-Hofstra University study. This year, the average is up 12 minutes to 5 hours, 30 minutes daily.

More than 45% of all television stations said they increased the amount of news in 2011. Only 1.5% of stations reduced the amount of news they run; a slim majority, 53%, said they ran the same amount of news in 2011 as they did in 2010. According to the study, Fox-affiliates were the most likely to have added news, followed by CBS-affiliates.

Additionally, 31% of stations plan to increase news in 2012. 60% plan to keep the same amount of news coverage, and 9% are not sure, the study says.

Part I of the study found that TV news staffing is way up, with more hiring expected. Read the full results of Part II after the jump. Read more

TV News Staffing Way Up, More Hiring Expected

Here’s some good news: TV news employment is soaring.

According to the annual RTDNA-Hofstra University survey on the state of TV news staffing and profitably, TV news employment is up to the second highest level ever and more hiring is expected over the next year.

The survey found that TV news added 1,131 jobs in 2011 to reach a total full-time employment tally of 27,653, representing a 4.3% gain over the previous year.  (The highest level of TV news staffing occurred in 2000). Read more

RTDNA/Hofstra Survey: Record Amount of Local News Produced in 2010

The second part of the annual RTDNA/Hofstra University study found the average local station produced a record 5.3 hours of news a day in 2010, up 18 minutes from 2009. The network affiliate average is even higher, recording 5.6 hours of news daily.

Almost 35 percent of stations added a newscast last year — most often occuring in the 4:30 a.m. timeslot on weekdays, RTDNA/Hofstra finds. The majority of stations — 58.9 percent –recorded the same number of newscasts in 2010 and 2009, and only 6.5 percent of stations cut a newscast.

Looking ahead, 36.9 percent of local stations report a planned increase in news coverage in the coming year. RTDNA/Hofstra point out in the survey results that one third of all stations produce news that runs on another stations, so the possibilities for expansion throughout local markets are endless.

Read the full RTDNA/Hofstra University survey results here.