GLAAD’s Annual Report Gives Failing Grades to One Major Broadcast Net, Two Cable Channels

Aug 30, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The watchdog group the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, in its sixth annual Network Responsibility Index, has issued failing marks to CBS, TBS and History, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed.

CBS slipped 2 percentage points from 2011, moving it from "adequate" to failing, the story notes. For a fourth consecutive year, CBS has finished in last place among broadcast nets. However, CBS this fall will debut a comedy called "Partners" that features a gay couple and comes from the creators of "Will & Grace," the piece points out.

TBS received its fourth annual failing grade, with just 5% of its prime-time shows found to be inclusive of LGBT people, the story says. The report examined five broadcasters and 10 top cable channels.

The most inclusive broadcast network was The CW, with 29% of its prime-time programming hours inclusive of LGBT people. ABC and Fox were second and third, with NBC finishing fourth. The CW also had the most racial diversity among LGBT characters, the story says.

Among cable networks, Showtime was the most inclusive (at 46% of prime-time shows), followed by ABC Family (34%) and TNT (34%). HBO was next with 33%, the story says.

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