RTDNA, Hofstra Survey: Radio News Use of Digital Increases

May 24, 2010

Washington - May 21, 2010 - A survey to gauge the use of high-definition for TV news and digital audio for radio news, conducted by the RTDNA and Hofstra University shows that digital technology use in radio news has continued to increase, with 62.6 percent of radio stations using digital audio recording and 54.2 percent using digital editing and mixing.

Those numbers increased slightly the radio stations were asked about the "percentage of news material." More than 76 percent said their news was gathered digitally and 80.9 percent said it was mixed and edited digitally. 82.5 percent of radio stations in the survey said their news was played back or aired digitally.

The RTDNA/Hofstra University Survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2009 among all 1,770 operating, non-satellite television stations and a random sample of 4,000 radio stations. Valid responses came from 1,355 television stations (76.6 percent) and 203 radio news directors and general managers representing 301 radio stations.

The annual survey is conducted for RTDNA by Bob Papper, professor of journalism and chair of the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations at Hofstra University. This research was supported by the School of Communication at Hofstra University and the Radio Television Digital News Association. RTDNA members can access the full data through the RTDNA website.

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