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Interfering Owners or Meddling Advertisers: How Network Television News Correspondents Feel About Ownership and Advertiser Influence on News Stories


  • Cindy Price


With the owners of television news networks growing more diversified, critics say that pressure for profits may affect news. A survey of network news correspondents was conducted to determine if they felt any story influence from owners or advertisers. Results showed that about 20% felt some ownership pressure to report or censor stories and 7% reported some advertiser pressure. CNN correspondents perceived more ownership pressure than the other four networks surveyed. A t test revealed that correspondents who reported ownership pressure had statistically significantly lower job satisfaction rates than did those who reported no pressure.

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  • Cindy Price, 2003. "Interfering Owners or Meddling Advertisers: How Network Television News Correspondents Feel About Ownership and Advertiser Influence on News Stories," Journal of Media Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 16(3), pages 175-188.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jmedec:v:16:y:2003:i:3:p:175-188
    DOI: 10.1207/S15327736ME1603_3

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