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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
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    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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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Media Economics.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 175-188

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jmedec:v:16:y:2003:i:3:p:175-188
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