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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

CBS News starved of funding?

A Broadcasting & Cable piece (near the bottom) has some stats comparing the output of CBS News with its competitors at ABC and NBC.

The piece suggests there is some evidence of a shortage
CBS also relied more on taped packages, local domestic features and self-promotion.
but I wonder whether the inter-network differences are statistically significant: for example, under the heading Reports With Foreign Dateline in the nightly news, CBS scored 877 minutes in 2004, against ABC's 698 and NBC's 789.

(The usual cost-cutter with foreign news is to edit agency footage with an anonymous voice-over from AN Other in New York. CBS wouldn't be adding fake datelines, would they?)

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