Major Station Hit With Payola Judgement

Aron Schatz
March 7, 2007
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The FCC (of all things) have fined some major stations for payola. The fine is minimal and the FCC also is forcing them to play 86400 half hours of free airtime to indy musicians. I'm sure they will play these forced blocks at 2AM when nobody is listening.


Four major broadcast companies would pay the government $12.5 million and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists, The Associated Press has learned. The agreement is aimed at curbing payola - generally defined as radio stations accepting cash or other consideration from record companies in exchange for airplay. The practice has been around as long as the radio industry and was made illegal after scandals in the late 1950s. Two Federal Communications Commission officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because final language has not been approved by the full commission, said the monetary settlement is part of a consent decree between the FCC and Clear Channel Communications Inc., CBS Radio, Entercom Communications Corp. and Citadel Broadcasting Corp.


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