Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sexism In Broadcasting Ownership Historically

Although many U.S. women still watch Establishment television and still listen to Establishment radio, very few U.S. women have owned many U.S. Establishment broadcasting stations, historically. According to a late 1980s American Women in Radio and Television [AWRT] analysis of women’s ownership of U.S. broadcast station groups:

“…Women held equity owner position of more than 50 percent in only 4.3 percent of broadcast stations groups (defined as an organization with more than one station), an increase of less than 1 percent since 1978. Additionally, AWRT’s studies showed that women served as president, vice-president or general manager of only 8.4 percent of all radio stations and 6.1 percent of all television stations.”

In other words, as late 1990 U.S. corporate men still monopolized control of about 94 percent of all U.S. Establishment televisions stations—even if they did let a few U.S. women read their evening news more frequently by that time.

(Downtown 8/26/92)

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