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

This statistic shows the profitability of radio news stations in the United States from 2000 to 2018, with a forecast thereof for 2019. According to the most recently available data, in 2018 just 13 percent of surveyed radio stations reported that they were showing profit, almost half the figure reported for the year 2000. Interestingly, the data reveals that in each year the majority of surveyed directors and managers reported that they did not know whether their stations were showing profitability or not, however among those who did know, a decline in profitability is clear and the figure predicted for 2019 suggests that this trend will continue.

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

Showing profitBreaking evenShowing lossDon't knowNon-profit
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Sources

Release date

May 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Number of respondents

see supplementary notes

Supplementary notes

*Forecast.
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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