300 Down, 900 To Go At Clear Channel

This week’s sales firings are just the tip of the iceberg.

The Clear Channel sales RIFs (reduction in force) go deeper than the jobs they are eliminating.

Pittman is forcing an entirely new way to handle local radio sales.

Some changes come as soon as next week.

Things are so bad that the survivors of these layoffs are wishing they had been fired rather than work under the conditions that are coming soon to a Clear Channel market near them.

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  1. Why Clear Channel keeps using the term “flattening” to describe what is going to happen – what’s that all about?
  2. How Pittman is hiding behind the legal protection of RIFs to winnow out women from his workforce.
  3. How Clear Channel will handle filling critical must-fill positions.
  4. Details on sales management, training and oversight changes starting next week.
  5. Big changes ahead in regional markets that were already ghost towns before these sales RIFs.
  6. How iHeartRadio is going to rear its ugly head in the new Pittman sales recovery program.
  7. When the regional sales call centers will get the green light paving the way for the next series of sales RIFs.
  8. The template for infusing Clear Channel with ad revenue.
  9. How many months apart will sales RIFs happen between now and the end of the year.
  10. And the big announcement that adversely affects hundreds of more Clear Channel’s staffers is coming next week.

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Pittman Expands Sales RIFs

More than originally thought.

More job categories.

More time to knock salespeople off.

What to expect on Day Two of Pittman Gone Bonkers (imagine cutting salespeople when you’re trying to reverse declining revenue).

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  1. Why corporate is sending regional managers, directors of sales and sales managers to major markets starting next week? 
  2. How many more sales RIFs by December. 
  3. Which additional group of sales employees is also being fired and suddenly have the least job security going forward.
  4. Are long-term sales managers in trouble or only less experienced sellers – what day one of Clear Channel sales RIFs reveals.
  5. Horror story:  recruited and fired in 8 months – how Pittman rules with an iron fist.
  6. If you do anything in digital for Clear Channel, read this.
  7. Is your market safe for the time being if it experienced sales RIFs yesterday?
  8. Total body count from initial first day carnage.
  9. One consoling thought – how to know that the worst is over at least temporarily.
  10. How Clear Channel corporate brazenly played mind f#%k with the LA cluster yesterday putting a scare into markets that are not meeting their revenue numbers.
  11. What the fired salespeople came away with when they were RIFed.

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Clear Channel Sales Layoffs Hit Today

The massive sales layoffs that SpongeBob Bossy Pants has ordered hit today.

Regional executives laid the groundwork with corporate in New York a few weeks ago. 

Legal has signed off. 

HR is ready.

Here’s how they’re coming to take you away.

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  1. A first look at the compensation packages.
  2. The three jobs you don’t want to have today because you’re in the line of fire.
  3. Will some markets be exempt – please? 
  4. What Clear Channel plans to do to the “lucky” ones who survived today.
  5. How many more rounds of sales layoffs will there be before the end of the year?
  6. How Pittman plans to increase sales revenue while decreasing the number of sellers he employs.
  7. The secret test Clear Channel did (and where) to make sellers expendable.
  8. This Heads Up!  Within three weeks another Pittman mandated layoff will cause several hundred “other employees” to lose their jobs.  Who, when, where and how.

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Swapping Colbert for Letterman

Will it work?

If getting young succeeds for late night television, is it an option for aging talk radio or morning personalities who are closer to 65 than 35?

What people are missing is that CBS President Les Moonves is way ahead of them on this.

Study Moonves’ appointment of Colbert to replace Letterman and see the future of radio, too.

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  1. The one tactic that will never work – even though late night shows aren’t getting the message and radio should avoid it.
  2. What is the only hope for stemming the decline of younger audiences for television and radio.
  3. Is younger talent the way to go for radio as well?
  4. How does the growing passion for on-demand affect Colbert, Fallon and Kimmel because even radio will have to deal with the demand for on-demand.
  5. How long do radio talk shows have left before they are all but gone.  How about late night TV shows.  Count the years here.

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Clear Channel Signs Off On New Kind of RIFs

CEO Bob Pittman’s new creation is “The Combo RIF”.

Three ways to fire more employees all at once.

And he has signed off on it as it comes to a radio station near you.

Unfortunately.

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  1. How these new layoffs will devastate previously protected workers.
  2. Will some markets be spared – majors, regionals, neither?
  3. Why the “combo RIF” and not just the usual layoffs.
  4. The exact date of the cutbacks from a source working on the RIF.
  5. Plus – bad news for sellers.  No not more commission cuts.  Worse.

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