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There’s a dearth of programming for all the new media outlets.
an insufficient quantity or number

Today, dearth is almost always used in the form:  "a dearth of...", but in more archaic writing (such as many translations of Homer), dearth is used by itself to reference a famine (shortage of food) — as in:  "Dearth never comes there, nor are the people plagued by any sickness..."
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