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New study: climate reporting constituted less than 1% of total broadcast content in the US in 2023

2023 was the hottest year on record, with extreme weather events every 2 weeks in the US. And yet, climate change received very little coverage on US television news.
According to a new study by MEDIAmatters on climate coverage on US television news, the volume of climate change coverage on corporate broadcast morning and nightly news and Sunday morning political programs decreased by 25% from 2022 to 2023, from 23 hours to 17 hours. Overall, on these broadcast channel programs, climate change represented less than 1% of total airtime in 2023. Yes, you read well. 1% airtime for the greatest threat the world has ever faced. 1% airtime for something that kills more than 5 million people a year.
Some channels are doing better than others (CBS has the best coverage), but it is still not enough!
Some other quite interesting figures from this study: For at least the seventh year in a row, white men dominated the demographics of guests featured in climate segments, representing 52% of guests, while women made up 36% and only 10% were women of color. We must include more diverse voices when we talk about climate change (and every other topic, really).

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  • George Kariuki

    3 w

    It's concerning that such a critical issue receives minimal attention, with a 25% decrease in coverage from the previous year. The media plays a crucial role in raising awareness and driving action on climate change, yet it continues to fall short. We must hold media outlets accountable and demand increased coverage and diverse representation to effectively address the climate crisis.

    • walter lungayi

      3 w

      This is so concerning, it is crucial for media outlets to prioritize and increase coverage on climate change to raise awareness and drive action.

      • Esther Wanjiku

        3 w

        Great highlights here that allow us to see the blind eye the media is turning on climate matters.

        • We Don't Have Time

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          • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

            3 w

            Whereas this is a small percentage, I think it's a good step towards the right direction. The US just needs to pull up the socks and pump more climate content to it's population for effective action

            • Rotich Kim

              3 w

              This is very discouraging indeed we need urgent intervention

              • Princess

                3 w

                It's great to see more attention being brought to climate reporting, even if it's just a small percentage. Every bit counts!

                • Sarah Chabane

                  3 w

                  That's very alarming! That's why we need to change the narrative on the climate crisis

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