Local TV News and Service Agreements: A Critical Look

Author: 
Danilo Yanich, Ph.D.
Publication Date: 
2011
The research study entitled Local TV News and Service Agreements: A Critical Look has just been released by the University of Delaware Center for Community Research and Service. This landmark investigation led by Professor Danilo Yanich has a direct bearing on policy decisions that are now before the U.S. Federal Communications Commission dealing with ownership patterns of local television stations. Since 2000, almost 100 of the 210 media markets in the U.S. have arrangements in which individual television stations have entered into agreements with varying levels of cooperation. These agreements are known, depending on their conditions, as shared services (SSA) agreements, local marketing/ management (LMA) agreements or local news sharing (LNS) agreements. Purportedly, these agreements are expected to help relieve some of the economic burdens that are shouldered by local TV stations in gathering and presenting news content. The implementation of these joint agreements, whether they involve sharing news-gathering resources to overall management of the station, has implications for each of the fundamental principles on which the Federal Communications Commission regulates the broadcast industry---diversity, competition and localism. That is especially important now because the FCC is in the process of making decisions about media ownership that it postponed from 2010.
Funding Agency: 
Communication Workers of America
Funding Agency: 
University of Delaware Center for Community Research & Service