Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: October 18, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412979344 | Print ISBN: 9781412960830 | Online ISBN: 9781412979344| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this handbook
Chapter 85: Women as Leaders in Television News
—Jon L. Weakley & Gemma Puglisi
Women as leaders in television news Without women in television news, the industry would look quite different. The presence of women in television has jumped significantly since the early days. A survey conducted in 2009 by the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) and Hofstra University showed that “women make up over 41 percent of the TV news workforce and over 29 percent of TV news directors. Both are record highs, and it's the second year in a row that the percentage of women TV news directors has set a new record” (Papper, 2009). For a decade, according to the survey, women had been around 40% of the TV workforce, but the figure of 41.4% was the highest level ever. And regarding women as television news directors, these figures show that they are in the top-tier markets and in all newsrooms throughout the country. When discussing the role of ...