Biggest Clear Channel Programing RIF Ready To Hit

Get this clown out of his Mist Tunnel.

First, Bob Pittman orders a huge RIF targeting sales managers, their compensation and reducing the number of sellers at a time when he needs revenue increases just to break even.

An estimated 300 jobs were lost and the cutbacks continue.

Now, programming is about to get it big time.

The biggest layoff ever just when competitors are starting to clean Clear Channel’s clock in local ratings.

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  1. How regional and major market Senior VPs have already done the dirty work to plan the scope and timing of these layoffs.
  2. Why corporate has contingencies for two layoff dates – the sooner one being their favorite.  I’ve got both for you.
  3. Their ingenious plan to further gut regional market programming positions even though there are only one or two left for multi-formats.
  4. Major markets are included – here’s how they decide.
  5. Why Pittman will then continue to layoff PDs on a here-and-there basis unless this doomsday scenario happens – then as you will see, all bets are off.

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Clear Channel War On Account Execs Escalates

Week 2 of the consolidation of sales at Clear Channel has begun.

New high profile firings are happening.

New roadblocks for surviving salespeople.

Low morale as sellers prepare for more RIFs.

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  1. More big sales firings to start the week – how long will this sales RIF (reduction in force) continue.
  2. The new hiring guidelines.
  3. First example of sales “regionalization” – Bob Pittman’s latest brain fart.
  4. How surviving salespeople will see their selling territory (and personal non-reimbursable expenses) expanded.
  5. Just in case!  The successful class action lawsuit against a radio company that tried a similar move. 
  6. Pittman’s plans to tell Wall Street the company is doing great in spite of his radio group missing budget and dumping staff.
  7. How revenue budgets are decided – not what you think.
  8. What Clear Channel is doing about bonus spots and sketchy trade practices that helped get the company in trouble.
  9. The one good thing Pittman did when he took over that he is no longer doing.

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Clear Channel Sales Call Centers Stealing Commissions

Has Bob Pittman no shame?

He fires 300 sellers last week while screaming for increased revenue.

Activates small regional call centers to “replace” them.

Now he’s stealing commissions from survivors of the layoffs.

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  1. How poaching of local sales is going to happen from thousands of miles away – in fact, it already has.
  2. What will happen to markets that escaped last week’s sales RIFs (reduction in force).
  3. All the details on how a call center thousands of miles away stole a major new buy from under the eyes of local DOS and sales staff – just happened last week to save paying commissions.
  4. How SpongeBob BossyPants is going to make it harder for surviving Clear Channel sellers to make what they made last year – 3 ways.
  5. Next target: Why all existing commission rates are under review.
  6. Who Clear Channel will be gunning for in the next sales RIF.
  7. And when that next sales RIF will occur.
  8. Early warning of two more sales RIFs coming on the heels of last week’s firings – one to Outdoor and one more to radio.
  9. Bobby Bombshell Surprise!  Why Pittman is turning the regional call centers loose on major markets that were thought to be safe — not just regionals.

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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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