Comparing Covid-19 Coverage Across National, International, Business and CSPAN Television News
How has the attention paid to Covid-19 varied across different classes of television channels? The charts below plot the percentage of weekly airtime mentioning Covid-19 since the start of this year.
The timeline below shows CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, showing how the George Floyd protests and US election sharply curbed attention to the pandemic.
Business channels show the same coverage decreases, but also a long-term decrease in coverage through the year until late September.
International press exhibit a similar decline in attention before an abrupt reversal.
Finally, CSPAN channels 1 through 3 show a relatively constant level of attention since their early burst.