GLAAD Issues Record Number of ‘Excellent’ Ratings for TV Networks
OCTOBER 01 2014 6:00 AM ET
GLAAD released its eighth annual Network Responsibility Index on Wednesday, grading the five biggest broadcast and the 10 biggest cable networks on the images of LGBT people each network depicted during the 2013/14 TV season.
Nearly 3,000 hours of network primetime programing and 2,292 hours of cable primetime programing were examined from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014 among 15 cable and broadcast networks. Based on the overall quantity, quality and diversity of LGBT representation found on each program, a grade was assigned to each network: Excellent, Good, Adequate, or Failing.
For the first time, GLAAD awarded three separate networks with an Excellent rating in the same year, noting an overall improvement in LGBT visibility on TV.
“Television networks are playing a key role in promoting cultural understanding of LGBT lives around the world, and are now producing some of the best LGBT-inclusive programming we’ve yet seen,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement. “As they move forward with new programs and storylines, networks must also keep an eye towards diversity and strive to include significant transgender content comparable to those efforts being made by their online competitors, such as Netflix’sOrange is the New Black and Amazon’s Transparent.”
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