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Network Revenues and African American Broadcast Television Programs


  • Keith Brown
  • Roberto Cavazos


This article explores factors explaining program cast racial composition on television broadcast network programs. The roles of program type, cast composition, and viewer income on advertising revenue are examined. The analysis of the data yields several key findings. First, there is no bias against African Americans on the part of viewers or television networks when adjusting for viewer income and age. Second, African Americans have lower incomes and show a strong intensity of preference for programming featuring African American cast members. Therefore, despite the absence of bias, the advertiser-supported broadcast market likely produces less than the socially optimal amount of African American programming. This article provides policy recommendations to increase viewer benefits.

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  • Keith Brown & Roberto Cavazos, 2002. "Network Revenues and African American Broadcast Television Programs," Journal of Media Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(4), pages 227-239.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jmedec:v:15:y:2002:i:4:p:227-239
    DOI: 10.1207/S15327736ME1504_1

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