Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1953 and an NBC-affiliated television station, WTAP – Parkersburg News serves Parkersburg, West Virginia, and the surrounding area. wtap.com is the associated website for the TV news station that provides local and national news and sports, weather, traffic, and entertainment.
Funded by / Ownership
WTAP – Parkersburg News is owned by Gray Television, which operates 145 stations across the USA. Sponsored content and advertising generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, WTAP – Parkersburg News provides news coverage for Parkersburg, West Virginia, and the surrounding areas. Local news is covered through reporters with minimal bias and often has video provided by the TV station: W.Va. judge temporarily blocks charter schools’ implementation. The national news is provided through other Gray Television affiliates as well as the Associated Press. International news generally comes from CNN and the Associated Press.
Editorially, WTAP – Parkersburg News does not offer an opinion page. In general, they report news factually and with minimal bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate WTAP – Parkersburg News Least Biased based on minimally loaded language and minimal editorializing. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 12/20/2021)
Last Updated on January 7, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check