Hiring has been steady in TV newsrooms and will continue through 2011.
That’s according to the latest survey from RTDNA/Hofstra University.
Total local television news employment is now 26,522. That’s an increase of 2.9 percent in the last year.
Other highlights from the survey:
- 34% of TV newsrooms plan to hire more staff this year as opposed to 3.5% that plan to decrease staff.
- 57.4% of TV stations say they are seeing a profit; the last time the percentage was that high was 2006.
When it comes to radio, there was less change reported — either positive or negative.
The typical (median) radio news operation had a full time news staff of one, the same as it’s been since I started doing these surveys 17 years ago. Radio news remains highly centralized, with the typical news director overseeing the news on three stations.