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How broadcast TV networks covered climate change in 2019

Ted MacDonald, Media Matters
02-27-2020

The volume of climate change coverage on the corporate broadcast nightly and Sunday morning news shows increased 68% from 2018 to 2019. Much of this increase was driven by CBS. New climate legislation, activism, and climate as a top-tier issue in the Democratic primary were major drivers of coverage. Despite this increase, climate coverage as a whole still made up only 0.7% of overall corporate broadcast nightly and Sunday morning news shows in 2019, and the quality of the coverage was generally shallow. And people of color were massively underrepresented in climate coverage -- making up only 10% of TV show guests.