Diversity on U.S. Public and Commercial TV, in Authorial and Executive-Produced Social-Issue Documentaries
"To be published in 2018 in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media" Where are diverse makers and subjects most likely to be found in U.S. TV documentary? This study compares commercial and public TV series, and also anthology formats (“authorial” series) and executive-produced formats. A content analysis for characters and makers showed that public TV authorial series are more diverse than either commercial or other public TV series. Executive-produced public TV does not show consistent commitment to diversity. Independent documentaries have diversity value both in commercial and public TV settings.