Networks Urged to Diversify Sunday Shows

Media Matters study found that white men dominated the Sunday political talk shows in 2013, inspiring a letter from a national coalition of women leaders and organizations, a call to action from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a 54,000-signature CREDO Mobilize petition calling on the networks to diversify their guest lists.


The study found that ABC's This Week, CBS' Face the Nation, Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday, NBC's Meet the Pressand CNN's State of the Union were dominated by white males in 2013. They represented a majority of all guests and the largest proportion of solo interviews.

In response, advocates called on the networks to do better.

The heads of 24 organizations which advocate for women and women's representation in media wrote to the presidents and chairs of the broadcast and cable networks, expressing "deep concern" for the lack of diversity and telling them to take action to ensure the morning political talk shows "more accurately reflect the demographics of our diverse nation."

The National Hispanic Media Coalition issued a call to action urging the networks to book more Hispanic guests.

Karoli Kuns, a blogger at Crooks and Liars, gathered over 54,000 signatures on a CREDO Mobilize petition asking the networks to diversify their guest lists.

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