Local public affairs ranked "dead last" among 14 categories of programming aired by TV stations in an Alliance for Better Campaigns study released this week.
Local public-affairs shows accounted for less than 0.5% of programming tracked on 45 stations in six markets during a one-week period, the alliance said.
The report’s release was timed to coincide with the first of a series of "town-hall" meetings on broadcast localism that began Wednesday night in Charlotte, N.C. The event was scheduled to begin after Wednesday’s deadline.
Seinfeld reruns are more prevalent on TV than local public-affairs programming.
reruns are more prevalent on TV than local public-affairs programming.
"All politics is local, but you wouldn’t know it by watching local TV," said Meredith McGehee, executive director of the alliance. "It’s time for a more robust and clearly defined public-interest standard for broadcasters."