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Watchdog: TV Stations Shun Local Public Affairs

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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."

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